The Presidents of Russian Federation and Syria Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad met in Sochi on November 20 during which they agreed that the military operation in Syria is coming to an end and now it's necessary to launch political processes, the Kremlin press service said, Armenpress reports.
The meeting in Sochi comes a week before United Nations -sponsored peace talks are to resume in Geneva.
The Russian news agency reported that the two leaders agreed "that (the) military operation in Syria is coming to an end". The Russian intervention has turned the war in favour of Assad.
Putin congratulated Assad on the results in the fight against terrorism at a meeting on November 20 in Sochi, where the Syrian president became acquainted with the heads of the Russian military.
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"I think that now the most important thing, of course, is to move on the political questions, and I note with satisfaction your readiness to work with all those who want peace and a solution (to the conflict)", Putin said.
"I would very much like to discuss with you the major principles of launching a political process and preparations for a congress of the Syrian people, which you have welcomed".