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Putin says Syria decisions serve Russia's interests first

TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hold a meeting in Damascus on January 7, 2020. - Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during an unprecedented visit to Damascus as the prospect of war between Iran and the United States loomed over the region. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hold a meeting in Damascus on January 7, 2020 [ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images]

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that when making decisions regarding Syria, his priority is serving Russian interests first, local media reported.

"When making decisions about the Syrian track, I start primarily from the interests of the Russian state, not from emotional feelings or hatred," he clarified.

Vesti news website revealed in a documentary, No room for error. Christmas Visit to Damascus, the details of the preparations for Putin's visit to Syria in January, 2020.

READ: Syria's Assad killed more than 30 people in Daraa since December

In the documentary, Putin indicated that the threat of terrorism from areas controlled by "professional gangs" in Syria continues, even after defeating them.

Remarking on the decision to intervene militarily in Syria, the Russian president expressed: "We felt at that moment that the terrorist threat from the Syrian lands was increasing, as gangs took control of almost all of the Syrian lands and fortified themselves in the country."

In September 2015, Russia began its aerial intervention in Syria, after the Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad requested military support from Moscow against the opposition.

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