Putin: Stances on Syria firm, no state-level prospect with Turkish government

Moscow, SANA – Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated that the Russian stances towards Syria are firm and principled, adding that there is no alternative for a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

During his Annual Presidential Conference in Moscow on Thursday, President Putin said no one can tell the Syrians who to be their leader because that is illogical and incorrect.

He stressed that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) exists now in the US, after it announced responsibility for the terrorist attack in California, which claimed the lives of 14 persons.

On the Russian military operation in Syria, Putin assured the operation will continue until it fulfills its objectives, adding that shooting down the Russian airplane over the Syrian lands is an “act of aggression” and highlighting that the Turkish officials did not contact the Russian officials after the incident but they rushed to the NATO.

Russia deployed the S-400 anti air systems after the incident, said Putin, “If before, Turkey had constantly violated Syrian airspace, let them try it now”.

On the relations with Turkey, Putin said “Experience shows it is hard for us to come to common ground, or it is practically impossible. Even when we say “Yes” they stab us in the back due to unclear reasons. Therefore, I do not see a state-level prospect”.

M. Nassr

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