WW3: Vladimir Putin says foreign armies 'should LEAVE Syria' following Assad 'VICTORY'

Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin

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.

According to the report, Putin has congratulated Assad on the "big achievements" made by the Syrian army in the war against terrorism, noting that the military successes have created suitable conditions for the resumption of the political process.

"Stability is growing, and all this opens the door to a political process that we started some time ago".

Russia's entry into the conflict in 2015 turned the tide of the conflict in Assad's favor and established Russian Federation as a powerbroker in the Middle East.

In a statement from the Syrian presidency, Assad added on Thursday "we have evaluated the political process" and will select candidates for a constitutional committee, a suggestion proposed in January at a summit in Sochi, that will work with the United Nations.

"We know it will not be easy because some countries do not want stability to return to Syria".

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.

The visit comes on the eve of a meeting in Sochi between Mr Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first face-to-face talk of the year between the veteran leaders.

State-owned Rostec, established in late 2007, is Russia's largest weapons exporter. Russian Federation says it never targets civilian areas.

Putin hailed the Syrian army's victories over militants in Syria, stressing that Syrian soldiers have achieved significant progress recently in boosting the legitimate authority of the Syrian regime. "Russian Federation welcomes this decision by the Syrian president and will be supporting it in every way, given the agreements reached during the Congress of the Syrian people held in Sochi several months ago", Putin said.

He said "terrorists have laid down arms in Syria's key points, which has made it possible to rebuild Syria's infrastructure, push them back, and practically stop their activity close to the Syrian capital". "Happy Ramadan!" Putin told Assad in Sochi.

The news agency also paraphrased Mr. Putin's message, though slightly differently, saying that, "in the course of the meeting Putin announced to Assad that he was counting on the withdrawal of foreign armed forces from the territory of Syria".

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