- Title: Syria must be freed from foreign military presence - Putin
- Date: 12th October 2019
- Summary: SOCHI, RUSSIA (PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 12, 2019) (RUSSIAN POOL) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SPEAKS AT INTERVIEW WITH RT, SKY NEWS AND AL ARABIYA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Everyone who is illegitimately on the territory of any state, in this case the Syrian Arab Republic, must leave this territory. This applies to all states. And if the future legitimate Syrian government that Russian military presence is no longer needed - this concerns the Russian Federation also. Naturally." JOURNALIST LISTENING INTERVIEW IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Today we are discussing this matter absolutely openly with all our partners, with Iranian, Turkish partners. We have told that to our American partners multiple times. I was telling my colleagues openly, just like I will do now - Syrian territory must be freed from foreign military presence, and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic must be fully regained." INTERVIEW IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 26th October 2019 13:25
- Keywords: Russia Putin Syria Assad foreign forces
- Location: SOCHI, RUSSIA
- City: SOCHI, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0SKDAF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Syria must be freed from foreign military presence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview partially published on Saturday (October 12).
"Everyone who is illegitimately on the territory of any state, in this case Syria, must leave this territory. This applies to all states," Putin told RT, Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya in an interview, excerpts from which were quoted by the Russian agencies.
Putin also said Russian forces in Syria were ready to leave the country as soon as a new 'legitimate' Syrian government tells Moscow it no longer needs its help.
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