Russia's Putin hosts Syria's Assad for talks

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Mikhail Klimentyev AP

Russia´s president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

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The state-run Syrian news agency posted a picture of the two leaders standing and shaking hands.

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After the meeting Putin said he will talk to USA counterpart Donald Trump on the telephone on Tuesday.

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"I think now the most important thing is to launch political processes, and I am pleased to see your readiness to work with everyone desiring peace and solution", the Russian President said. "We should admit that the operation allowed to move forward the political settlement in Syria", he noted.

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"And we believe that the situation we now have on the ground and in the political sense permits us to expect progress in the political process". "We really welcome all those who are interested in the political settlement, we are ready to hold dialogue with them", Syria's Assad said. In remarks broadcast by Russian television, Assad thanked Putin, the Russian defense minister and military chief of staff for their support in Syria.

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