PUTIN HOSTS AS­SAD TO DIS­CUSS WAR PROGRESS

Montreal Gazette - - WORLD -

The Krem­lin says Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad has met with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin at his sum­mer res­i­dence in the Black Sea re­sort of Sochi. A tran­script of Thurs­day’s meet­ing re­leased by the Krem­lin quoted As­sad as say­ing that Syria is mak­ing progress in fight­ing “ter­ror­ism,” which “opens the door to the po­lit­i­cal process.”

Rus­sia has been a key ally of As­sad through­out the seven-year Syr­ian civil war.

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