President Al-Assad received Lavrentiev

DAMASCUS, (ST)_President Bashar Al-Assad received on Thursday Alexander Lavrentiev, the special envoy for the Russian  president Vladimir Putin  and the accompanying delegation.
The talks during the meeting dealt with the strategic relations between Syria and Russia and means of expanding them in the common interest of the two countries ‘s peoples.  
The recent development in the region and the efforts being exerted by Russia to support the Syrian people in confronting terrorism and sanctions in accordance with Russia's firm stance which is based on the necessity of respecting international law and sovereignty of states and the will of peoples and resolving problems through dialogue were also on the table. 
The president and the Russian delegation discussed the Astana meetings and the meetings of the committee that is tasked with discussing the constitution. They asserted the need to go ahead with work in this track without any foreign intervention.
Basma Qaddour