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Assad pays Putin a surprise visit

Bashar al-Assad has paid an unannounced visit to Moscow to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The meetings were confirmed by the Syrian regimes official twitter page.

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According to Syrian State TV it is the first state visit that Assad has made since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011.

The move comes after Russia began airstrikes in Syria a few weeks ago.

Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the BBC that the visit had involved discussions over the fight against so called terrorist groups, continuing Russian air strikes and Syria’s plans with its troops.

It is reported that after the meetings Putin said: “We assume that a long-term solution may be reached on the basis of the latest military developments and political process with participation from all political, ethnic and religious groups.”

“This decision can be made only by the Syrian people. Syria is a friendly country. And we are ready to support it not only militarily but politically as well.”

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