Discordant actions of all parties, involved in the settlement of the Syrian crisis, resulted in the current situation in Palmyra, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
The current situation in Palmyra is the result of discordant actions of all parties, involved in the settlement of the Syrian crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference in Tokyo after the Russian-Japanese negotiations on Friday.
“Everything that happens in Palmyra is the result of uncoordinated actions between the so-called international coalition, Syrian authorities and Russia,” the Russian President said. “I have said it many times, it is necessary to combine efforts to be effective in the fight against terrorism,” Putin stressed.
He also added that from the military and political standpoint, the liberation of the Syrian city of Aleppo from terrorists is more important than the situation in Palmyra.
“The issue of Palmyra, I think, is purely symbolic. What concerns the military and political value, in this sense, Aleppo, of course, is a much more important topic,” Putin noted.
According to the Russian President, judging by the situation in Aleppo at the moment, “what is happening is exactly what we agreed on, including [the deal] with the President of Turkey during his visit to St. Petersburg.”
“When we agreed that Turkey would provide every assistance in the evacuation of militants who are ready to lay down their weapons in Aleppo, first of all, [we agreed] to save the lives of civilians,” the Russian president added.
Earlier, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the Syrian Army would recapture Palmyra after the liberation of Aleppo.