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Assad says Russian military needed in Syria long-term

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets President of Syria Bashar Al-Assad (L) in Sochi, Russia on 17 May, 2018 [Kremlin Press Office/Anadolu Agency]
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and President Bashar Al-Assad (R) in Sochi, Russia on 17 May, 2018 [Kremlin Press Office/Anadolu Agency]

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Russian forces were needed in the country long-term and for more than just fighting terrorism, Russian news agencies reported, citing an interview with the leader.

The rapid return of refugees to Syria is the main issue being discussed between Damascus and Moscow, Interfax news agency cited the president as saying.

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