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Russia's intervention curbs terrorism expansion in Syria: Assad

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-10-21 21:15

Russia's intervention curbs terrorism expansion in Syria: Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Russian airstrikes in Syria curbed the activities of the terrorist groups in the war-torn country, according to the state news agency SANA.

Assad's remarks were made during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Tuesday, marking Assad's first overseas visit since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

The Syrian leader highlighted the need for countries supportive of the insurgency in his country to stop backing terrorist groups in order to enable Syrians to define their country's future.

He said that military operations in Syria aim to eliminate terrorism which hinders political solutions, adding that any military operation must be followed by political steps.

As for Putin, he expressed his administration's readiness to assist Syria both militarily and politically, according to SANA.

"Certainly Syria as a country is considered our friend, and we are prepared to help, not just militarily against terrorism, but also politically," said Putin.

The Russian leader said he will contact international powers to discuss a political solution for Syria which includes the participation of Syrian forces.

Assad's rare visit is quite significant as it represents the extent to which Russians are willing to go to support the Assad administration.

Russia's airstrikes started pounding militant groups' posts in Syria starting September 30, as Syrian government officials hailed Russia's efficient step in the war against terrorism.

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