Russian Operations in Syria 'Coming to an End,' Putin Tells Assad in Sochi Meeting

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in Sochi, Russia, on November 20, where the leaders discussed the need for a political solution to Syria’s conflict, the Kremlin said.

According to a Kremlin readout of the meeting, Putin called the bilateral meeting ahead of talks involving Iran and Turkey the following day.

“The most important question, of course, is the question of the peaceful political settlement to follow the rout of the terrorists, the long-term settlement of the situation in Syria,” Putin said.

“Complete victory over terrorism, of course, it is still very far away,” he added. “But as for our joint work to fight terrorists in Syria, this military operation is really coming to an end.”

Putin also noted “with satisfaction” Assad’s “readiness to work with all who want peace and settlement.”

Assad, in response, thanked Russia for its efforts in Syria. Credit: President of Russia via Storyful