Syria’s Assad says Russian military needed in Syria long-term

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia May 17, 2018. (Reuters)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Russian forces were needed in the country long-term and for more than just fighting terrorism, Russian news agencies reported, citing an interview with the leader.

The rapid return of refugees to Syria is the main issue being discussed between Damascus and Moscow, Interfax news agency cited the president as saying.

Furthermore al-Assad said that the “White Helmets” activists who have refused amnesty will be liquidated like all terrorists.

The Syrian President also said that Idlib province and other areas where terrorists are located will be the priority for the Syrian army activities.

As for the refugees, al-Assad said a rapid return of refugees to Syria is the main issue being discussed between Damascus and Moscow.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53
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