September 6, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his congratulations to the Russian and Syrian military after the success of lifting the more than two year ISIS-imposed siege on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor..
“Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin has congratulated the command of the Russian military group as well as the command of the Syrian state army with such a strategically important victory over terrorists from the standpoint of Syria’s liberation from the Islamic State,” Peskov told journalists.
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According to Peskov, “President Putin sent to Syrian President (Bashar) Assad a telegram, in which he highly evaluated this strategic victory and congratulated the Syrian president with such an important step toward the liberation of Syria from terrorism.”
Peskov added that “terrorists put up a solid resistance and they still continue resisting, used suicide bombers and 50 of them were eliminated, but the zone of the breakthrough keeps growing and the battle moved to the streets of Deir ez-Zor.”
“This is a very important strategic victory,” Peskov added.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.