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Russia policy on Syria president unchanged: Kremlin

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia says it has not changed its position regarding the necessity of contribution of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the resolution of the crisis in his country.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed in a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama on June 26 that Assad should be involved in any solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The remarks by the Russian spokesman came one day after the White House said in a statement that it is important to form a new government in Syria without Assad.

"An exchange of opinions on this topic really took place [during a telephone conversation]. Russia’s position is well-known, and it was confirmed by the [Russian] president during the discussion," Peskov said.

Yury Ushakov, a top aide to Putin, said that "current Syrian authorities are one of the most substantial and efficient forces in fighting” the ISIL militants.

In a meeting with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on June 29, Putin pledged to push ahead with his support for the Syrian government and nation amid ongoing battle between Damascus and the Takfiri ISIL terrorists. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (3rd R), listens to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (2nd L) during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 29, 2015. (AFP photo)


“Our policy of supporting Syria, its leadership and its people remains unchanged,” Putin said.

Syria has been battling foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri terrorist groups has so far left over 230,000 people dead.

A number of Takfiri militants who were recently arrested in the Syrian province of Aleppo have confessed to receiving military training by the United States, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Turkey.


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