President Vladimir Putin said Friday the recapture of the devastated city of Aleppo by Syrian regime forces was a very important step towards stabilizing the war-torn country.
“The liberation of Aleppo from radical elements is a very important part of the normalization in Syria, and I hope, for the region overall,” Putin told defense minister Sergei Shoigu in a meeting, Russian news agencies reported.
The Syrian army said late Thursday that it had retaken full control of Aleppo, scoring its biggest victory against Takfiri insurgents since the war erupted in 2011.
The Kremlin strongman said that after the ouster of terrorists from Aleppo, Moscow will now look to end fighting across the country.
“Everything needs to be done for fighting to stop on all Syrian territory,” Putin was quoted as saying.
In any case, we will strive toward this.”
Moscow has been conducting a bombing campaign against Takfiri insurgents in under the request of the Syrian government since September 2015.
Russia forged a deal with Turkey that saw militants, their families and civilians leave Aleppo.