In the course of a working trip, acting upon the orders of President of the Russian Federation V V Putin, Defence Minister General of the Army S K Shoigu held negotiations with President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic. During the meeting, both parties discussed topical issues of military and technical coöperation, as well as collaboration in fighting terrorist groups active in Syria. In addition, according to orders given by President Putin, General Shoigu inspected the Russian airbase at Hmeymim in the Syrian Arab Republic.
18 June 2016
It looks like Russia responded to the implied threat from Foggy Bottom… Russia will stand by its allies and support them. They’re not “smiling Americans” who lie and promise… and deliver noting when the crunch hits. Russians aren’t “indispensible”… but they’re there when you need them… and that’s all you need.