Assad meets with Putin in Russian Federation

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Russia's weapons export increased in 2017 in spite of sanctions, CEO of Russia's Rostec State Corporation told President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

During the official meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated him on the great success in the fight against terrorists, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

"The Syrian president has made the decision to send his part of a delegation to form the Constitutional Committee that is to work on Syria's constitutional law".

The Russian President said military success in Syria allows a large-scale political process leading to withdraw of foreign forces and reconstruction of country.

Putin said that along with giving a boost to a political process, it is important "to take necessary steps towards rebuilding the Syrian economy, as well as settle long-pending hard, but pressing humanitarian issues".

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Russian Federation has been concerned in Syria's civil warfare since September 2015.

The two leaders have previously met in Russian Federation in November 2017 and October 2015.

"The next task, of course, is the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Putin added. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Mr Assad's regime, it changed the course of the war.

The latest round of Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana wrapped up on Tuesday, but did not make any concrete progress towards ending the seven-year conflict that has cost 350,000 lives.

According to a Kremlin statement, Mr Assad said "stability is improving" in Syria, "opening the door to the political process we started some time ago".

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