Putin: more than 90% of Syria liberated from terrorists

Putin: more than 90% of Syria liberated from terrorists

More than 90% of Syria’s territory has been recaptured from terrorists, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today, speaking at a meeting with high-ranking officers and prosecutors.

Putin thanked Russian military servicemen who take part in the counterterrorism operation in Syria. "It was possible to radically reverse the situation thanks to their courage, precise and professional actions and valor. More than 90% of Syria’s territory is already free from terrorists," he said, recalling that the de-escalation zones are being set up in concert with the Syrian authorities, while the political settlement and civil reconciliation process is gaining momentum.

Putin emphasized that military operations against well-equipped, trained and generously sponsored and motivated groups have shown that the capabilities of the Russian Aerospace Forces, army and navy have qualitatively increased. 

"We need to push ahead with efforts to boost this potential, introduce new weapon systems and improve the effectiveness of combat training," TASS cited President Putin as saying.

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