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ARA News 

DAMASCUS – On Saturday, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu visited Damascus to hold talks with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Russian defence minister has discussed military cooperation with the Syrian regime. Also, “combatting terrorism” was at the top of the meeting’s agenda, according to the Syrian state agency SANA. 

Russia has been a key ally to the Assad regime since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011. It has provided the pro-Assad army with military advisors, ground troops and military equipment. Moscow has also established several military camps in Syria, beside taking the airbase of Hmeimim in Latakia province as a central base for its military operations in Syria.

Shogun was sent to Damascus by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a statement by the Defense Ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.

“Topical issues concerning military cooperation between the two countries’ defense ministries, as well as certain aspects of cooperation in the fight against terror groups that are active on Syrian territory, were discussed at the meeting.”

Noteworthy, the Russian air force has helped pro-Assad troops to advance both against Syrian rebels and ISIS in several provinces, including Aleppo and Homs. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News

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