Syria's Assad Travels To Sochi For Talks With Putin

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talk as they visit the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan Hubei province China 27 April 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talk as they visit the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan Hubei province China 27 April 2018

The observations owe significance in their own right as stage is set for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Russia next week for "an informal Summit meeting" with the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders have previously met in Russian Federation in November 2017 and October 2015.

Putin also congratulated Assad on the "successes of the Syrian government's army in the fight against terrorist groups".

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stands next to his wife Asma, as he addresses injured soldiers and their mothers during a celebration marking Syrian Mother's Day in Damascus, March 21, 2016.

"The next task, of course, the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Mr Putin added. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Assad's regime but also changed the course of the war. Indo-Russia cooperation in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) issues are likely to be discussed.

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The informal summit in the Russian beach resort will be more or less on the lines of the summit Modi held with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan late last month. "[The two parties] have noted the necessity to create additional conditions for the resumption of full-format political process in Syria", Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"We know it will not be easy because some countries do not want stability to return to Syria".

Russian state television on Thursday aired footage of the two leaders meeting.

The two leaders discussed the ongoing clashes in Syria between pro-Assad forces and civilian rebels.

Peskov restated Moscow's position that the economic sanctions were illegal, but added that Russian Federation was keen to talk with Angela Merkel and the French leader Emmanuel Macron, whose visit is scheduled for next week, Deutsche Welle reported.

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