Assad has been the world’s leading villain for years, but Russia’s involvement changes the picture. Israel wants to protect its security interests – and democratization will wait
“The president emphasized the need for “dialogue between Syrians at all levels,” which he emphasized should lead to a “pact of national accord.” Assad accused the Western powers and the US specifically of “obstructing the activation of the political process” in the war-torn country.
The seven year war in Syria has had a severe impact on the country’s economy. In May, Assad estimated that the country may need up to $400 billion and over a decade to rebuild.
Damascus, SANA-President Bashar al-Assad received on Wednesday the Russian President’s Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and the accompanying delegation.
Foreign troops currently in Syria include Russian, Iranian, Turkish and American forces, as well as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other pro-Assad militias. It is unclear to which of these forces Putin was referring.
Der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin hat sich am Donnerstag mit seinem syrischen Amtskollegen Baschar al-Assad in der Schwarzmeerstadt Sotschi getroffen. Das gab der Kremlsprecher Dmitri Peskow vor wenigen Minuten bekannt.