Putin pledges Russia’s support to Syrian president Bashar Assad and urges all Middle East nations to fight ISIS
Russian leader promised political, economic and military aid to Syria
Urged all Middle East nations to ‘pool their efforts’ against jihadis
Said Saudi and Turkish efforts showed everyone wants to ‘fight this evil’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to continue political, economic and military support Syria as he called on all Middle East nations to join forces against ISIS.
More than 220,000 people have died since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, with ISIS factions now controlling parts of the Syrian capital and large parts of the city’s suburbs.
Putin called on all nations to ‘pool their efforts together’ to fight Islamic militants, regardless of their relations with Syria, during a visit by Syrian officials.
The Russian leader told the Syrian envoy that Russia’s ‘policy to support Syria, the Syrian leadership and the Syrian people remains unchanged.’
Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem held talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday before heading to the Kremlin to meet with Putin.
‘I got a promise of aid to Syria – politically, economically and militarily,’ al-Moualem said at a televised news conference after meeting the Russian leader.
Insurgent groups have made gains against government forces in northwest, central and southern Syria in the past two months but Damascus has voiced confidence that it can hold on to important territory with the help of its allies.
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