Putin Holds Surprise Meeting With Assad, Will Call Trump By Phone Later Tuesday

One day before meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, kicking off a diplomatic drive this week to outline the terms of an end to the Middle Eastern country’s bloody civil war. The two leaders discussed the political process in Syria, with the Russian leader saying that the fight against terrorism in the crisis-stricken country is close to completion. Perhaps even more notably, Putin said he would speak by phone with President Donald Trump later Tuesday.

Assad’s visit, which wasn’t publicly announced until the following day, echoed a similar trip to Russia that he made in 2015 shortly after Putin launched his air and ground campaign in Syria. The campaign turned the tide in the war in favor of the embattled Syrian president, whom western nations have long sought to see removed.

Following a two-year Russian intervention in the region, which has resulted in the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria and the preservation of the Assad regime, the Kremlin is moving on to bring together regional and global powers to revive long-stalled efforts to reach a settlement expected to cement the Syrian president in power. Following the meeting with al-Assad, putin will meet with Erdogan and Rouhani on Wednesday to discuss the political resolution to the Syrian civil war. The Kremlin said he held talks with the Emir of Qatar on Monday, Bloomberg reported.

Assad’s visit to Russia and his talks with the Russian president lasted four hours, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports.

“The most important question of course is what will happen after the defeat of the terrorists in terms of a peaceful political settlement,” Putin told Assad during their meeting in Sochi, noting the Syrian leader’s support for a Russia-backed peace plan, according to a Kremlin transcript.

In the Tuesday meeting, Putin congratulated Assad on the results in the fight against terrorism; during his trip to Sochi, the Syrian president became acquainted with the heads of the Russian military. The Russian leader discussed the political settlement in Syria with al-Assad, saying that he believes it should be under the aegis of the UN, adding that he hopes the international body will take an active part in the process and its final stage.

Putin presented Assad to the military commanders who led Russia’s effort. “I want to introduce to you the people who played a decisive role in saving Syria,” Putin said.

“Today, on behalf of the Syrian people, I extend my gratitude to you for what you did,” Assad said. “We will never forget it.”

Expressing thanks for Russia’s role, Assad said the time is right for negotiations, “especially after we attained victory” over the government’s opponents. He added: “We’re counting on Russia’s support to ensure the non-intervention of outside players in the political process, so that their role is to support the efforts of the Syrians themselves." He added that he hoped for Russia’s help in ensuring that the Syrians themselves lead the process, with help from the outside, but not “interference.” “We welcome those who are really interested in a political settlement [in Syria], we are ready to have dialogue with them."

According to the Russian president, “the problem of terrorism is a global one.” He added that “complete victory over terrorism is still very far away. But as far as our joint fight against terrorists in Syria is concerned, this military operation is really coming to an end.” Putin also said he will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Sochi on Wednesday to discuss the Syrian crisis. Apart from these countries, Russia is working with Iraq, the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan on settling the crisis, he stated. Putin added that on Tuesday he will hold a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump on the topic of Syria.

According to Bloomberg, Putin’s triumphant tone underscores his success in turning the tables on the U.S., which under Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama pressed for Assad’s removal and came close in 2013 to ordering strikes on Syria in retaliation for a chemical attack blamed on the regime. Six and a half years after an uprising in Syria morphed into a regional proxy war and terrorist conflict that killed 400,000 and displaced millions, Russia’s Syrian ally is now looking for a stamp of international legitimacy

Russia has been working actively with Saudi Arabia and other backers of Assad’s opponents such as Turkey to restart the peace process. On Wednesday, the Saudi government hosts a meeting in Riyadh of opposition groups that aims to combine them into a single delegation for peace talks in Geneva.

The unified bloc, including factions less hostile to Assad, would be a “tame” counterparty for the Syrian regime at the negotiating table, said Robert Ford, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria who’s now a fellow at Yale University and the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Meanwhile, in another surprising development, on Monday former Syrian prime minister Riad Hijab, who defected and headed the main Western-backed opposition group for the past two years, resigned without giving any explanation, according to a statement on his official Twitter account.

AS BBG adds, Hijab’s High Negotiations Committee earlier this month refused to attend the Russian-led peace conference between Assad and opposition groups in Sochi, saying it was usurping the role of long-stalled negotiations in Geneva chaired by the United Nations. Ironically, the Russia-centered organization appears to have achieved more for Syrian military descalation in two years than the UN could do in more than six.  Russia has now revived the proposal for the Sochi meeting, which is expected to take place soon.


Scar Bro shitshitshit Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:54 Permalink

It's how he deals with Israel that will be interesting. He knows the Bolsheviks need to be brought to justice and they all quite conveniently reside in a single, compact location. Square feet wise it wouldn't take much to finally have a solution to this problem humanity has faced for at least 2000 years... finally?  a solution perhaps? A solution which would finally end all suffering .. anyone think of a good name for a solution that would end up being pretty final?

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jeff montanye Scar Bro Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:35 Permalink

bolsheviks?  i think zionist crony capitalists comes a lot closer to today's reality.all quite conveniently reside in a single compact location?   what about the six million scattered through the u.s.?  not to mention hundreds of thousands in france, u.k., canada and argentina.of course wild cheerleading for the third reich (solution which would finally end all suffering) has its place in a fight club, pollyanna.  

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Scar Bro jeff montanye Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:59 Permalink

"wild cheerleading for the third reich"What's wrong with that? You cheerlead for the U.S army that killed civilians in Vietnam/Iraq? The fact that you don't see the connection between zionism and Bolshevism indicates your lack of knowledge on the subject. Of course you can't be blamed for this because it's kept well out of the mainstream. But if you're going to frequent sites like these and play at a bit of "independent thinking" then you should at least scratch beneath the surface, even just to be overwhelmed at the complexity of these situations and know that the mainstream narrative is incomplete.

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Bavarian Scar Bro Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:19 Permalink

Maybe Golan Heights appeasement and access would simmer Israe's jets a tad.  If they don't play ball, they get nothing.  It belongs to Syria. It's a huge carrot dangling to stifle their terroristic activities.  Israel can't win here. They can only continue strife which will not lead to any victories or accomplishments.

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chiswickcat Bavarian Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

They are spoiling for another fight with Syria, like another 6 days war, so they can claim they legitimately took Syrian land, as it was Syria that attacked and started the war. Hence they shoot down the occasional Syrian jet, or bomb a Syrian base. This agenda has been revealed by Wiki. It involves the Saudis too. Israel and KSA. The two most racist and self entitled countries on Earth. Ain’t no refugees welcome in those countries. Despite them being the cause of many displaced people / refugees.

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XWeatherman Scar Bro Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

The Final Solution, eh?  The U.S. government leadership after WWII, filled with fascists and NAZI sympathizers, allowed high echelons of government, particularly the CIA and State Department, to be infiltrated by "ex" NAZI's, who to this day run Hiterite foreigh polcy actions (without the Anti-Semit bend).  Lets hope Stalin didn't allow such an atrocious mistake like Ike and the fascist / NAZI worshiping Dulles brothers did.

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Byte Me nmewn Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:53 Permalink

It's a fair question...I suspect that the Fourth Estate will spin it as Donald J "receiving instruction.." rather than a rehash of the 'collusion narrative', with a proffered side order of "incipient mental faculty degradation" or similar BS.It's about time that the 4E was rounded up anyway. Very few parts are worth any attempt at redemption, FuX News maybe, but they're all culpable.

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Crazy Or Not BennyBoy Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:54 Permalink

Putin: "come on guys...Lets get Syria wrapped up, 'cos I've got to "fix" Yemen next, for my new best friend MbS in KSA.and he's offering military air bases, Saudi Naval Port, Landlord rights in a $500 Billion new Dubai like project, and oil drilling rights if I let my MiG's mop up Houthis/Al Qaida..."   ..."oh and who wants to buy some anti NATO coup missiles?"

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Ofelas BennyBoy Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:57 Permalink

Of course he will help the Lebanon The whole idea of Wahahbi lead IS was to destroy the Shiite Axis, happily being the pawns to the  Saudi, US and Israel. Russia stepped in an stopped this nonsense, and will now ensure via S400 and other waepons that no air supremacy can be established over Lebanon. On the ground the situation looks far less favourable for those who want to attack!

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veritas semper… dogismycopilot Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:21 Permalink

Let's cut to the chase,shall we?-the Syrian war IS NOT a civil war;it's an war of aggression of the main western governments,lead by US,Israhell,UK,SA and assorted NATO countries,mainly France,through THEIR proxies:ISIS,AL NUSRA,TAHRIR AL SHAM and ALL the f*cking minor/major terrorist organizations that change their name easier than their change their underwear(I probably aimed too high here); these terrorists were trained,armed with heavy weapons worth Billions,paid ,supplied Captagon,intelligence,targets of the SAA ,direct air cover and support,including direct attacks on the SAA,by the US army ,NATO,Israhelli army;their leaders were airlifted by the US air force through multiple heliborne operations ,when they lost their positions; those countries have also run an incredible propaganda and disinformation campaign on the terrorists' behalf,including support/help for multiple false flags; US even bombed directly the SAA multiple times,including  a missile attack,had many drone attacks;US and allies killed thousand of civilians in Syria/Iraq-Syria does not have a "regime":it has a legitimate president,elected and supported by more than 80 % of the population,that's why the Western countries want that Mr. Assad,the HERO,they want him gone and to not participate in elections;the western countries,by comparison ,are INDEED REGIMES-the war in Syria is almost over.The coalition of killing,lead by the US lost. Iran has recently said that for the first time since 1978,Tehran has a free connection ,road to Beirut(that's why they attack Lebanon now).-the political talks are done between Syria.Russia,Iran and Turkey. Observe that US/Israhell,SA are out.What a nuisance!-the western plot was widely exposed and now they are censoring sources that exposed them:RT,Sputnik, multiple Arab and Farsi sources-the Arab meeting,where they tried to name Iran/Hezbollah as terrorist countries(rich isn't it,SA  calling the countries fighting terrorism,terrorists?)wa a failure:they were not able to collapse Lebanon which now even more united,Egypt refused to name Iran/Hezbollah terrorists(also AL Sisi is more or less allied with SA),Qatar has basically flipped its finger(they sent Hariri to Egypt now,trying to change its position?)-the Kurdistan project is dead in the water. If the Turds,who are now openly allied with ISIS continue this path and do not negotiate with Mr. Assad,Turkey,who has a big army will be unleashed against them-Russia is flying its airplanes,including heavy bombers ,like the White Swan,Tupolev,DIRECTLY over Turkey now;how's that for a FU against NATO/US,bitchez?I can continue,but it's already a  too long post

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BritBob Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:24 Permalink

Putin's Russia Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017) They forget that a lot of territory was 'taken' in the 19th century (much of a norm). That doesn't excuse their actions in the 21st century. Falkland Islands – The Usurpation (1 pg): https://www.academia.edu/34838377/Falkland_Islands_The_Usurpation

webmatex BritBob Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:03 Permalink

UK can barely float  an inflatable duck let alone foreign bases.Lets see some "real conservative policies".IPO the Falklands and Southern Georgia. Sell Gib to US Navy or have auction at Christies.Tax offshore banks within British domain at a rate of 10% per year.Sell Brit bases in Cyprus and close all bases in ME.Cancel F35.Cancel Trident.And stuff the Falklands

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Robert Trip Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:39 Permalink

Trump is nothing more than a glorified arms dealer who will do nothing concerning seeking peace anyway because that would be bad for business.Trump meeting with the Iranians? Never in a million years.Putin makes Trump, as he did with Obama, look like well-armed spoiled little children.Where's my tax cut and health care?No problem dropping $75 Billion on the military.

BennyBoy Robert Trip Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:46 Permalink

 $75 billion!?Our Great and Glorious Leader needs the funds to invade more countries, like the 500 troops he sent to Somalia yesterday.Invade a country, pay for resistance AKA: ISIS, terrrorize the populace and create false flags over there aint cheap.Doing the same to Niger, Mali and the whole Sahara desert is expensive.The oil extracted is needed to fund giant oil companies.

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Swampthedrain Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:47 Permalink

Syria is the first non nuke country to fight off the West.  Assad needs to now get nukes to be able to ensure the country's safety.  Sad but that's the only thing USreal understands.