MOSCOW, October 21. Russia is ready to contribute not only to the fight against terror in Syria, but also in the political settlement in contact with other powers and with the participation of all political forces, ethnic and religious groups. This was stated by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at a meeting Tuesday night with President of Syria Bashar Assad.
“As for the settlement in Syria itself, we believe that on the basis of positive momentum in the fighting, in the end, still a long-term settlement can be reached through a political process with the participation of all political forces, ethnic and religious groups,” said the Russian leader, whose words are cited on the Kremlin website. Meanwhile, Putin stressed that “ultimately, the final word, of course, must be solely for the Syrian people.”
The Russian President noted that Syria is a friendly country to Russia. “We are ready to make a contribution not only during the fighting against terrorism, but also in the political process. Of course, in close contact with other world powers and with regional countries interested in the peaceful settlement of the conflict”, – Putin said.
Putin also said that Russia is concerned about the participation of immigrants from the CIS in battles against Syrian government forces.
“It worries us, Russia, have in mind that, unfortunately, in Syria with arms against government troops fight and natives of republics of the former Soviet Union, we have around 4 thousand, at least”, – quotes the website of the Kremlin the words of the head of the Russian state.
Putin said that “attempts of international terrorism to gain control of significant territory in the middle East, to destabilize the situation in the region are legitimate concerns in many countries of the world.”
He stressed that the Russian authorities can not prevent the natives from CIS countries, having combat experience and going through indoctrination, appeared on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Putin meeting with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, which was held yesterday in Moscow, noted that Damascus has achieved positive results in combating terrorist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia).
“The Syrian people are almost single-handedly resists, struggles with international terrorism for several years, inflicting heavy losses, but recently has been making major positive results in this fight”, – quotes the words of Putin and the Kremlin website.
The Russian leader at the meeting warmly welcomed Assad, noting that despite the dramatic situation in Syria, he nevertheless responded to the request of Moscow and arrived in the Russian Federation. “In accordance with your request, we made a decision and rendered effective assistance to the Syrian people in the fight against international terrorism, which has unleashed against Syria is a real war”, – Putin said.
Assad thanked the authorities and people of Russia for help in preserving the unity and independence of the ATS.
“First of all I would like to Express my gratitude to the entire leadership of the Russian Federation and the Russian people for the assistance they provide to Syria. Thank you for the fact that they stand for the unity of Syria and its independence, he said. – Most importantly, all this is done within the framework of international law”.
Assad said to Putin that he hoped the victory over terrorism in Syria and the joint recovery of the economy.
“I once again would like to thank the Russian people for the assistance he renders to our country, and to Express the hope that we will prevail over terrorism and together we continue to rebuild the country from the economic point of view, from a political point of view, from the point of view of the peaceful existence of all,” he said at a meeting with the Russian leader, reports the Kremlin website.
Assad called terrorism a real obstacle to political settlement in Syria.
“We need to pay special attention that the attacks against terrorism,” – said the Syrian leader. “It is necessary, first of all, from the point of view that it is necessary to fight terrorism and the second is that terrorism is a real obstacle to a political settlement,” he said. “And of course, all the people wants to participate in deciding the fate of their country, and not just executives,” added Assad.