Putin vows his support for Assad
In a surprise meeting with Syria’s foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to f ight Islamic State militants.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, before being whisked to the Kremlin for talks with Putin. The Kremlin leader told Moallem that Russia’s “policy to support Syria, the Syrian leadership and the Syrian people remains unchanged.”
Moallem said afterward that he was assured that “Russia will continue to help Syria politically, economically and militarily.”