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22 November 2017, 12:24 | Tara Lloyd
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"Syria is striving in the fight against terrorist (s). the Syrian people are going through very hard trials and are gradually approaching the final, unavoidable rout of terrorists", Putin said according to Russian news agency Sputnik.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump will discuss issues they consider necessary during their upcoming telephone conversation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
It was the second time Mr Assad has travelled to Russian Federation to meet with Mr Putin in the course of the country's six-year civil war.
Putin hosted Assad at a Black Sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with Russia, Turkey and Iran, the ABC reported.
The two leaders last met on October 20, 2015 in Moscow after Russian Federation launched a military operation against Syrian insurgents and ISIS. If Erdogan decides to proceed with his plans on the military operation in Afrin, it may create an additional trouble- spot in a war-torn Syria and create an influx of refugees.
Mr Putin had spoken with the leaders of Iran and Turkey to "assure them that Russian Federation will work with Syrian leadership to prepare the groundwork for possible understandings" that could be reached on Wednesday to "make sure" that agreements will be "viable", said Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin's spokesman. "Today, a conversation with Emir of Qatar is already planned and, tomorrow, with president of the United States of America Donald Trump and then with leaders of the countries of the region", Putin said Monday, according to the statement.
"I'm pleased to see your willingness to work with everyone who wants peace and settlement".
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