TEHRAN, November 23. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that Russia and Iran intend to strengthen cooperation within the framework of the international group on Syria and combating terrorism. “We will continue coordination on the fight against terrorism. We will strengthen our cooperation in the framework of the international group on Syria, he said. – Including in order to implement the decisions to launch an inclusive intra-Syrian political process”.
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Putin also said he was pleased with the actions of the Russian pilots in Syria. “I the actions of our pilots is viewed very positively”, – told reporters the head of the Russian state.
Putin said that he has informed on Monday the Iranian side about the Russian anti-terrorist operation in Syria. In his opinion, without the support of Iran, such an operation would have been impossible. “I today informed the Iranian friends on these issues, we exchanged views on the situation in Syria,” said Putin.
“As for the actions of our military, it is a complex operation – involving a large space grouping, heterogeneous forces aviation: attack aircraft, bombers, it’s strategic bombers-rocket carriers, covering their fighters; they are two factions of the fleet in the Caspian sea and the Mediterranean sea, including attack submarines, strike from the Caspian sea”, – has listed the President of the Russian Federation.
According to him, “all this is done, of course, in agreement with our Iranian partners”. “I think without them it was simply impossible,” – said the Russian leader.
According to him, the Russian operation in Syria – “it’s challenging, a lot of work for the coordination, maintenance equipment, which indicates a high level of training of our officers and soldiers”.
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The President of Russia noted that in the long run, Syria’s problem can only be solved by political negotiations.
“There is no other opportunity on a long term basis to solve the problem of Syria, except by political negotiations”, – said the Russian head of state to journalists after talks with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
Assessment of Putin, the Russian anti-terrorist operation in Syria “brings a positive result.” “We are together (with Iranian partners) positively,” said Putin.
However, he stressed: “I want to say again – there is no other opportunity on a long term basis to solve the problems of Syria, except by political negotiations”.