"That is why we cannot, practically, reach any actual result with this part of the opposition (in talks). The evidence is that during the Astana negotiations they started their attack on the cities of Damascus and Hama and other parts of Syria, repeating the cycle of terrorism and the killing of innocents."
Bashar al-Assad has flown to Russia for a few hours to meet his major ally, Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said the Russian president told his Syrian counterpart that the fight against armed groups in Syria is close to finishing. And once it is over, finding a peaceful political settlement will be key.