The fight against terrorism in Syria will be brought to an end soon, though some new hotbeds of terrorism may emerge, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the senior officials of the country’s Defense Ministry and the General Staff, which also involved Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who made a working visit to Russian on November 20.
"A lot has been done to stabilize the situation in Syria. I hope, in the near future we will bring the fight against terrorism in Syria to an end, though it is clear that some new hotbeds of terrorism may still emerge," Putin said, according to a transcript published on the Kremlin website.
Putin introduced Russia’s senior military officials to Assad, presenting them as "people who have played the key role in saving Syria."
"Mr. Assad definitely already knows some of you personally. He told me during our talks that thanks to the Russian military, the Syrian state has been saved," the Russian leader pointed out.