MOSCOW, Russia, Mar 28 Russian President, Vladimir Putin, congratulated Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, for retaking the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

“In a telephone conversation with Syrian president, Putin congratulated his counterpart on the liberation of the city of Palmyra from terrorists, and noted the importance of preserving this unique historic site for the world culture,” Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said.

Assad thanked Putin for the assistance of Russian air groups, noting that “such successes as liberation of Palmyra would be impossible without Russia’s support.”

Meanwhile, Putin reaffirmed that Russia would continue supporting Syrian authorities, in the anti-terrorism fight, despite withdrawal of Russia’s main air forces contingent, which started Mar 15, after Russia’s anti-terror air strike campaign of over five months in Syria, at the request of Assad.

Syria’s Palmyra city fell to militants of the Daesh extremist group in May last year, and the Syrian army started a broad offensive to recapture it several days ago.

Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.

A statement by the Syrian army said, the recapture of the ancient city took place with the help of the Russian and Syrian air force.

The Russian Defence Ministry, earlier said, 40 sorties around Syria’s city of Palmyra were conducted by Russian aircraft, in the past 24 hours, hitting 117 military objects of terrorists.

In another phone call with Irina Bokova, director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Putin said that, Russian contingent in Syria would help with the mine clearance in Palmyra city.

“The Russian president and the UNESCO director general agreed that UNESCO, Russia and Syria will take necessary measures, as soon as possible, to evaluate damage done to Palmyra by the terrorists and to work out a restoration plan,” Tass news agency quoted Peskov as saying.

Source: Name News Network

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MOSCOW, Russia, Mar 28 Russian President, Vladimir Putin, congratulated Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, for retaking the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.'In a telephone conversation with Syrian president, Putin congratulated his counterpart on the liberation of the city of Palmyra from terrorists, and noted the importance of preserving this...