Large-scale combat actions against terrorists are coming to an end and the efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey have helped to prevent Syria’s breakup, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday opening a trilateral meeting in Sochi.
“The large-scale combat actions against terror groups in Syria are coming to an end,” Putin said. “I note that the efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey have helped to prevent Syria’s breakup, not allow its takeover by international terrorists and avoid a humanitarian crisis.”
The Russian leader noted that a decisive blow had been dealt to militants in Syria, and “a real chance has emerged to end the civil war that has raged for many years.”
Putin thanked his counterparts for accepting the invitation and coming to Sochi to discuss further joint efforts on the Syrian track.