Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the joint statement with US on Syria affirms its sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and continuing fight against terrorism and that will be an effective factor to settle crisis in the country.
“I consider it [the statement] important, as it stresses certain absolutely primary things. Frist of all, continuing fight against terrorism, it is extremely important both for the United States, specifically after the recent tragic events, which happened there, and which were connected with terrorist attacks,” Putin told a news conference on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam on Saturday.
“It is equally important for us [Russia], for the country, which has been facing this problem for quite a time, it is also important for the entire international community.”
“As for Syria, I consider it most important that we have confirmed its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Putin continued. “We have agreed after end of fighting the terror, after the terrorist threat is stopped there we shall move to a political settlement under the auspices of the United Nations Organization.”
“Nowadays, it is evident that the combat work on destroying the hotbed of terrorism in Syria is finishing,” Putin said . “It is most important now to finalize this work and to fix agreements on the de-escalation zones, to fix ceasefire, to organize conditions for beginning of a political process,” he added.
For his part, Trump hailed the Russian-US joint statement, saying that “it will save a large number of lives.