Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the complete defeat of the «Islamic state» (IG, is prohibited in the RF group) on both banks of the Euphrates in Syria.
«Two hours ago, the defense Minister [Sergei Shoigu] reported that the operations on the Eastern and Western banks of the Euphrates completed the complete defeat of terrorists», — told reporters the head of state.
«Of course, can still be pockets of resistance, but in General combat work at this stage and in this territory is over. Fully finished, repeat, victory and defeat terrorists,» the President said.
Putin said that next together with all participants of the Syrian settlement, the government of Syria, the countries of the region and the UN need to move to the next stage. «This is the political process the political process, creation and implementation of what we agreed at the trilateral meeting in Sochi presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey, the Congress of the peoples of Syria,» — said the head of state.
In the same vein, Putin referred to the exit to the drafting of the new Constitution of the country. «And then, with the development of this process [need to go] and the elections of the President of the Parliament», — said the head of the Russian state.
«But this is a very large, long-term operation. First you need to make at least first steps: strengthen the state which has now developed to strengthen areas of de-escalation, to ensure that the bloodshed finally ceased on the Syrian territory, and go to the process of peaceful political settlement,» Putin said.