Russian Foreign Minister For A Rare Visit in Damascus

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday for his first visit in about eight years.

 

Lavrov joins Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, who arrived on Sunday.

The two lead a large delegation that discusses political, economic and military affairs with senior Syrian officials, according to Syrian state television.

This is Lavrov’s first visit to the Syrian capital since 2012. Moscow has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the rebellion in Syria started in 2011. President Vladimir Putin visited Damascus in January this year.

Moscow’s military intervention in 2015 helped turn the tide of the war, with the Russian Air Force enabling Syrian government forces to reclaim large swaths of the country.

The civil war has devastated Syria’s economy, more than 380,000 people have been killed, and millions have fled their homes.

Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moallem, are expected to hold a press conference later in the afternoon.

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