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Putin: The volume of trade exchange between Russia and Syria increased in the first half of 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the volume of trade between his country and Syria increased in the first half of 2021 by 3.5 times.

The Russian president's statement came during a summit meeting held in Moscow on Monday evening with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Kremlin, where they discussed bilateral relations, including trade and economic relations.

During the meeting, Putin said: "Our joint efforts are bearing fruit, I am talking not only about humanitarian aid from Russia to the Syrian people, but also about the development of trade and economic relations in the first half of this year, in which the volume of trade increased by 3.5 times."

The Russian President had received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the Kremlin, who made an unannounced visit to Moscow yesterday. It was days ago."

The Russian president also spoke about the results of the presidential elections in Syria, congratulating the Syrian president on the good results, telling him: "These results confirm the confidence of the Syrians in you despite all the difficulties and tragedies of previous years, they are counting on you for the return to normal life."

The Russian president indicated that Assad is doing a lot to establish a dialogue with political opponents, noting that the consolidation of the state is hampered by the illegal presence of foreign forces in Syria.

Putin added: “The main problem lies in the presence of foreign forces in certain areas of the country without a decision of the United Nations and without your permission, which is contrary to international law and does not give you the opportunity to make maximum efforts to consolidate the country and move forward on the path of reconstruction at a pace that would have been possible. It could be achieved if the entire territory of the country was under the control of the legitimate government.”

It is noteworthy that the summit between the Russian and Syrian presidents began with a lengthy bilateral meeting between the two presidents, and they were later joined by Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. terrorist.

They also discussed the steps taken on the political track, as the two sides stressed the importance of completing work on this track in order to reach consensus among the Syrians without any external interference. The talks also touched on areas of economic cooperation between the two countries, and Presidents Al-Assad and Putin discussed the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.