Putin tells Assad Russia will help defend Syrian sovereignty

Putin tells Assad Russia will help defend Syrian sovereignty

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in a new year’s greeting that Russia will continue supporting Syria’s efforts to defend its sovereignty, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Putin stressed that Russia would “continue to render every assistance to Syria in the protection of state sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, in the promotion of a political settlement process, as well as in efforts to restore the national economy,” the Kremlin said.

Earlier this month Putin ordered the Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing from the country, but said Russia would keep its Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartous “on a permanent basis”.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the presence of the American troops — which has not been sanctioned by the Syrian government — was unlawful and that they had to completely leave Syrian soil.



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