June 15th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– SANA – – translated by Samer Hussein –
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia needs more international assistance to properly resolve the Syrian crisis in a timely manner, noting that he held talks with the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad on the reforms in the post-war Syria, even before the start of the Russian military campaign in September 2015.
In an interview with the US filmmaker Oliver Stone which was broadcasted on the Showtime television network, Putin said Russian side held talks with Bashar Al Assad and his cabinet before the start of the Russian intervention in Syria, adding that reforms in the country are necessary.
“It turned out that President Al Assad understands many problems. He is not only ready for dialogue with the opposition, even the armed one, but is even ready to prepare a draft of the new constitution and also understands the importance of why the next round of the presidential election should be under strict, but neutral international control”, Putin was heard saying.
Putin stressed Russia could really use some support of the United States and few neighbouring countries of Syria, noting that maintaining a dialogue and respecting Syria’s sovereignty are both equally important.