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Putin swipes at Biden and condemns ‘illegitimate’ US forces in Syria in meeting with Bashar al-Assad

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin lashed out at Biden and condemned “illegitimate” US troops in Syria last night during a meeting with dictator Bashar al-Assad in Moscow.

The pair met in the Russian capital to discuss cooperation between their armies and how to continue operations to take control of the last rebel areas in Syria during their first talks since a summit in Damascus last year.

At the meeting, Putin called the presence of “foreign troops” in parts of Syria “illegal” because they do not have approval from the UN or the Assad government.

“This is clearly against international law and it does not allow you to make maximum efforts to consolidate the country,” Putin told Assad.

While Putin didn’t mention US forces, he seemed to be referring to hundreds of US troops stationed in eastern Syria who collaborated with Kurdish-led fighters fighting the Islamic State group and Turkish forces in northern Syria.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin lashed out at Biden and condemned “illegitimate” US troops in Syria last night during a meeting with dictator Bashar al-Assad in Moscow.

In an apparent swipe at US President Joe Biden, Putin appeared to describe US troops in Syria as

In an apparent swipe at US President Joe Biden, Putin appeared to describe US troops in Syria as “illegal” because they do not have permission from the UN or Assad

Hundreds of US troops are stationed in eastern Syria working with Kurdish-led fighters fighting the Islamic State group, as well as Turkish forces in northern Syria

Hundreds of US troops are stationed in eastern Syria working with Kurdish-led fighters fighting the Islamic State group, as well as Turkish forces in northern Syria

Syrian state television described it as a lengthy meeting and said the two were later joined by the Syrian foreign minister and the Russian defense minister to discuss mutual relations and the fight against terrorism.

Putin and Assad also discussed the political process in the war-torn country, the TV said, with the Russian leader congratulating his counterpart on winning a fourth term in presidential elections in May.

“Terrorists have suffered very serious damage and the Syrian government, led by you, controls 90 percent of the areas,” Putin said in a Kremlin statement.

Russia joined the ten-year conflict in Syria in September 2015, when the Syrian army appeared to be on the brink of collapse.

Hundreds of Russian troops have been deployed throughout Syria and they also have a military air base along Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

“I am pleased to meet you in Moscow, six years after our joint operations to fight terrorism,” Syrian TV quoted Assad as saying. Assad has made very few foreign visits since the start of the conflict.

However, large parts of Syria remain outside state control, with Turkish forces deployed in much of the north and northwest — the last major bastion of anti-Assad rebels — and US forces in the Kurdish-controlled east and northeast.

Russia's Putin and Syrian Assad met last night for lengthy talks and their first summit since speaking in Damascus in January 2020

Russia’s Putin and Syrian Assad met last night for lengthy talks and their first summit since speaking in Damascus in January 2020

Syrian state television described it as a lengthy meeting and said the two were later joined by the Syrian foreign minister (not pictured) and the Russian defense minister (not pictured) to strengthen mutual relations and fight against discuss terrorism.

Syrian state television described it as a lengthy meeting and said the two were later joined by the Syrian foreign minister (not pictured) and the Russian defense minister (not pictured) to strengthen mutual relations and fight against discuss terrorism.

Russia joined the 10-year conflict in Syria in September 2015 and has since helped to tilt the balance of power in favor of Assad (photo, Russian troops in Daraa on September 1)

Russia joined the 10-year conflict in Syria in September 2015 and has since helped to tilt the balance of power in favor of Assad (photo, Russian troops in Daraa on September 1)

Hundreds of Russian troops (pictured in Daraa on Sept. 1) have been deployed across Syria, and they also have a military air base along Syria's Mediterranean coast

Hundreds of Russian troops (pictured in Daraa on Sept. 1) have been deployed across Syria, and they also have a military air base along Syria’s Mediterranean coast

In recent weeks, Syrian opposition activists have said Russian warplanes have launched attacks on the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

The region is home to some 4 million people, many of whom are internally displaced by the conflict.

Last week, a ceasefire negotiated by Russia went into effect to end a government siege and intense fighting in the southern city of Daraa.

The deal brought rebel-held areas of the city under government control for the first time since 2013.

“We have the intention in Syria as government and institutions to parallel the liberation of land and the political process,” the TV also quoted Assad as saying.

In recent weeks, Syrian opposition activists have said Russian warplanes have launched attacks on the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

In recent weeks, Syrian opposition activists have said Russian warplanes have launched attacks on the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

Idlib, the rebels' last stronghold in northern Syria, is home to some 4 million people, many of them internally displaced by the conflict

Idlib, the rebels’ last stronghold in northern Syria, is home to some 4 million people, many of them internally displaced by the conflict

The Kremlin said Assad thanked the Russian leader for humanitarian aid to Syria and for his efforts to stop the “spread of terrorism.”

He praised what he called the success of the Russian and Syrian armies in “liberating occupied territories” from Syria.

Assad also described as “anti-human” and “unlawful” sanctions imposed on Syria by some countries.

The United States tightened sanctions against Syria last year, saying they were intended to force Assad to end the war and agree to a political solution.

The TV said the two leaders spoke at the meeting about cooperation between their armies “in the fight against terrorism and the continued liberation of land held by terrorists”.

The Assad government calls all armed opposition groups terrorists.

It was Assad’s first visit to Russia since he visited the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2018 for talks with Putin.

The conflict in Syria began with anti-government protests in March 2011 and later turned into a civil war that killed half a million people and displaced half of the pre-war population of 23 million, including 5 million refugees outside the Syrian border. country.

It was Assad's first visit to Russia since he visited the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2018 for talks with Putin.

It was Assad’s first visit to Russia since he visited the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2018 for talks with Putin.

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