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Putin to Al-Assad: Russia will Help Defend Syrian Sovereignty
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Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad that his country will continue to support Damascus' efforts to defend its sovereignty, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
In a new year's greeting, Putin stressed that Moscow would "continue to render every assistance to Syria in the protection of state sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, in the promotion of a political settlement process, as well as in efforts to restore the national economy."
The President of Russia expressed hope that in 2018 the situation in Syria would continue changing for the better.
Putin noted that defeating terrorists and rapidly bringing the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic back to normal would be in the best interests of the whole world and would improve security in the Middle East.
Earlier this month Putin ordered the Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing from the country, but said Russia would keep its Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartous "on a permanent basis".
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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