President Putin stressed Russia's determination to cooperate with Syria, President Assad to triumph over terrorism - Moallem

SOCHI, (ST) _ Russian President Vladimir Putin met yesterday with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem in the Russian city of Sochi.

 " Talks dealt with Russian-Syrian relations," according to a Kremlin statement

Later in the day, the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed with al-Moallem bilateral relations between the two countries.

In conclusion of the meeting, al-Moallem expressed satisfaction with the results of his talks with President Putin and Lavrov, noting that President Putin stressed l Russia's determination to cooperate with Syria and with President Bashar al-Assad in order to win over terrorism and deepen the existing strategic partnership between the two countries.

In a joint news conference with Lavrov Moallem said that " talks dealt with the situation in the region and what happened in Syria of a conspiracy is no longer a secret by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and other" explaining that he had assured the Russian leadership the Syrian people and Syrian leadership determination to continue fighting terrorism.

He pointed out that talks also dealt with the mission of the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and that view points were identical to support his efforts to freeze the situation in the city of Aleppo.

He explained that talks also dealt with the Russian ideas to hold an inter-Syrian dialogue in Moscow, adding, "I listened with great interest to these ideas and we agreed to continue to consult in order to develop a common vision conducive to a political solution in Syria, we have long demanded."

For his part,, Lavrov noted a common Russian-Syrian vision about what is happening in the region and in Syria, in particular,, pointing to attempts by "Daesh" terrorist organization to establish a " extremist regimes" in Syria, Iraq and hoisting black flags in Libya, Lebanon and Egypt.

"We are confident that the international community's priority is to fight terrorism in the Middle East and Russia will continue to support Syria and other countries that are exposed to the threat of terrorism by enhancing their capacity to be able to fight it," Lavrov said.

Lavrov stressed the need to adopt anti-terrorism laws and international norms and procedures, denying using double standards in this regard.

He condemned the US and so-called "international coalition" air strikes on the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government, ", questioning coalition raids, carried out without the approval of Damascus as a violation to the international law," stressing that Washington's refusal to cooperate with the Syrian government in fighting terrorism is not justified at all because the successes that have been achieved jointly in dismantling Syria's chemical weapons proved the reliability of the Syrian authorities to this end.

"We condemn all attempts by terrorist and extremist groups to overthrow the regime in Syria, and that terrorism is a threat to everyone,” he said adding “we came up with a unified view with al-Moallem that there is no solution by force in Syria".

"We have discussed bilateral relations and paid attention to implementing and following -up agreements finalized during the work of the Syrian-Russian joint governmental committee, which held its recent meeting in Sochi."

Replying a question on terrorists steeling of Syrian oil and selling it through Turkish mediators cheaply Lavrov said, "We certainly get the information from multiple sources about the smuggling of oil from Syria and, contrary to what some of our partners say, we will continue to fight terrorism by means based on the international law. "

"we sent days ago a document to the UN security council requesting to put an end to the purchase of stolen oil and to end these practices,” noting that these ideas responded  positively by the EU member states, "Lavrov explained.

T. Fateh