Putin calls for all 'uninvited foreign forces' to leave Syria

AP , Saturday 12 Oct 2019

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that all foreign forces in Syria that lack its government's invitation should leave the country.

Putin, speaking in an interview with journalists from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia ahead of his visits to the countries, said Moscow has talked to Turkey, Iran, the United States and others about the need to restore Syria's territorial integrity and end foreign military presence.

Putin didn't talk about Turkey's military operation in northern Syria in parts of the interview that were broadcast by Russian television Saturday.

Russia has taken a soft stance on Turkey's move, noting Ankara's need to secure its border.

He added that if the Syrian leadership decides in the future that the country no longer needs Russian troops, they will also leave.

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