President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said that the "military operation against terrorists" in Syria is coming to an end. He said this during a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Sochi on Monday, November 20, the Kremlin reported.
"It's still very far away until the complete victory over terrorism, of course, but as for our joint work to combat terrorists in Syria, this military operation is really coming to an end," he said.
The presidents discussed "basic principles of the organization of political process for the settlement of conflict in Syria". In particular, Assad said that Russia can be useful in this.
As it was reported earlier the conflict in Syria began in 2011 with demonstrations that were part of the Arab Spring. In 2012, it grew into a civil war, the protesters demanded the resignation of the President Bashar al-Assad and the end of almost 50-year-old one-party rule of the Ba'athists.
Earlier Russia’s delegation in the UN Security Council blocked the American draft resolution, which implies the extension of the joint mission of the UN and OPCW (the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), as it looks into cases of chemical weapons use in Syria.