President Bashar al-Assad met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, at the Hmeimim-based Military Base on Monday.
Presidents al-Assad and Putin reviewed the military forces at the Hmeimim base in the presence of the Russian Defense Minister and Chief of Staff of the Syrian Arab Army.
President Putin ordered the Defense Minister and the Chief of General Staff to start preparation for withdrawing the Russian group of soldiers to their permanent bases.
He said that if terrorists appeared again in Syria, Russian forces will carry out strikes that “they’ve never seen.
President al-Assad thanked President Putin over Russia’s active participation in fighting terrorism in Syria, stressing that what the Russian military personnel have achieved will not be forgotten by the Syrian people since the blood of their martyrs mixed with the blood of the martyrs of the Syrian Arab army in the face of terrorists.
President al-Assad said that the future generations that will read about this war will not differentiate between a Syrian or a Russian martyr, noting that “the sacrifices of the heroes from both sides will ever remain the embodiment of the noblest battle in the face of terrorism, in which blood is mixed with blood to purify our land from the mercenaries who wanted to destroy our homeland.”