Putin: Russian warships will remain off Syria

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Meanwhile, Putin has said that with the notable military achievements in Syria and the activation of the political process, "all foreign forces must withdraw from Syria", according to SANA.

Assad, in turn, congratulated Putin on his re-election in March and reported "many positive changes" in Syria, including the reduction of territory controlled by insurgents and the return of "hundreds of thousands of Syrians" displaced by the conflict.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has flown to Russian Federation to meet Vladimir Putin at his summer residence.

A transcript of Thursday's meeting released by the Kremlin quoted Assad as saying that Syria is making progress in fighting "terrorism", which "opens the door to the political process".

Assad was believed to have remained in Syria throughout the entire length of the first four years of the uprising. Assad previously visited Russian Federation and met with Putin in November 2017 and October 2015. Russia's entrance came at a time when almost half the country had been absorbed by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), which targeted both the Syrian government and rival rebel forces.

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