Moscow, SANA – Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that the political settlement and local reconciliation process is gaining momentum, noting that the de-escalation zones have been created
in concert with the Syrian government.
“I would like once again to thank our military servicemen who take part in the counterterrorism operation in Syria. It was possible to radically reverse the situation thanks to their courage, precise and professional actions and valor,” Putin said at a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors on the occasion of conferring higher military and civil service ranks upon them.
“More than 90% of Syria’s territory is already free from terrorists,” the Russian President added.
“Military operations against terrorists, and, let me emphasize that these are not some poorly organized gangs, these are well-equipped, trained and generously sponsored and motivated groups, have shown that the capabilities of the Russian Aerospace Forces, our army and navy have qualitatively increased,” said Putin, adding that “We need to push ahead with efforts to boost this potential, introduce new weapon systems and improve the effectiveness of combat training.”