Syrian president Assad arrives in Moscow, set to fulfill Putin Lalrp



BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in Moscow on Tuesday, the place he’s scheduled to fulfill prime ally Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia is a major backer of Assad and has a broad presence in Syria, the place a 12-year uprising-turned-civil battle has killed almost half 1,000,000 individuals and displaced half the nation’s pre-war inhabitants. Moscow has performed a pivotal position in preventing again armed opposition teams making an attempt to topple Assad’s authorities by way of its army assist, and has additionally aggressively backed Damascus in opposition to opponents on the United Nations.

The Kremlin confirmed Tuesday that Putin will meet with Assad on Wednesday — the anniversary of the battle — in a press release carried by Russia’s state information company Tass.

In accordance with the assertion, “additional improvement of Russian-Syrian cooperation within the political, commerce, financial and humanitarian spheres, in addition to the prospects for a complete settlement of the state of affairs in and round Syria,” will probably be on the agenda.

Assad was obtained by Putin’s particular consultant for the Center East, Mikhail Bogdanov, at Moscow’s Vnukovo worldwide airport.

Previous to a lethal Feb. 6 earthquake that killed 50,000 individuals in Turkey and Syria, Russia had been mediating talks between the 2 quake-hit international locations.

Turkey and Syria have been on reverse sides in Syria’s civil battle for over a decade. Turkey continues to again armed opposition teams that management a northwestern enclave in northwestern Syria. In December, Moscow hosted surprise talks between the Syrian and Turkish protection ministers.

Syria since final summer season has recognized the Russian-controlled Luhansk and Donetsk regions in japanese Ukraine as impartial and sovereign entities.

The Syrian, Turkish and Russian deputy international ministers in addition to a senior adviser to their Iranian counterpart are additionally set to carry talks Wednesday and Thursday in Moscow to debate “counterterrorism efforts” in Syria.

Related Press author Daria Litvinova contributed from Tallinn, Estonia.