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Moscow: Recapture of Palmyra Helps Political Process in Syria

Sputnik News

20:12 28.03.2016(updated 20:13 28.03.2016)

Moscow considers the recent success in the fight against terrorists in Syria as a real chance to help advance the political process in the war-torn country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the statement, Russia will continue its support of anti-terrorist operations in Syria, but Moscow insists that only the Syrians can and should accomplish the task of eliminating terrorists and extremists on entire Syrian territory.

"The military gains in the fight against terrorism open real prospects of political settlement in the Syrian crisis, which is vital for long-term normalization of the situation in Syria," the ministry said in a statement commenting on a recent recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra.

"As the recapture of Palmyra clearly shows, the Syrian army has achieved a turning point in its decisive fight against terrorists by regaining strategic initiative," the statement said.

The Syrian army confirmed Sunday that it had liberated the historic city of Palmyra from Daesh terrorist group with support of national aviation and Russian Aerospace Forces.

Palmyra, located 210 kilometers away from Damascus, is considered key for advancing to the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria. The town of Palmyra and its historic ruins have been under Daesh


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