Iran, Syria, energy: What's in store for Putin-Merkel summit in Sochi

18 May, 2018, 15:54 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Стало известно о чем говорил Путин с Асадом в Сочи

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes time has come for rebuilding the Syrian economy and suggested Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss these plans.

Since fighting broke out in his country in 2011, Assad has traveled only rarely but has made three publicly-acknowledged visits to Russian Federation, each time for meetings with Putin. The fallout over the Iran deal is a rare topic for rapprochement between Europe and Moscow, whose relations are marred by disagreements over the Syria conflict, Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine.

Assad assured that the country returns to stability and it promotes the political process begun earlier.

Sources said the two leaders will meet for around four to six hours for the "agendaless" talks where deliberations on bilateral issues are likely to be very limited. "But with you and other partners and friends, we will continue to make strong progress in the peace process", Assad was quoted as saying in the statement.

Russian Federation said it intervened militarily in Syria to defeat violent Islamist extremists who had taken control over parts of the country and were launching bomb and gun attacks in other parts of the world.

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State-owned Rostec, established in late 2007, is Russia's largest weapons exporter.

"This stability is a wide door opened for the political process", Assad told Putin, according to the report.

During the dialogue, the parties stressed the need to create conditions for the resumption of the political process full-length, was marked with success and during the Astana process, and the Congress of the Syrian people, held in Sochi. The previous occasion was in November a year ago.

A day after United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned a regime assault on the rebel-held area of Idlib could affect 2.3 million people, Putin met Assad in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

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