Russia: Putin hails Russian troops, says «over 90 percent of Syria free» from IS

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the Russian forces' contribution to Syria's operation aimed at ousting the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), saying that «over 90 percent of the Syrian territory is already free from terrorists.» He made a statement during an award ceremony attended by newly promoted military and civil officers and officials, at Moscow's Grand Kremlin... Еще Palace, Thursday. Putin noted that «it was possible to radically reverse the situation thanks to their courage, precise and professional actions and valour. More than 90 percent of the Syrian territory is already free from terrorists.» He went on to say that «in close cooperation with Syrian authorities and foreign partners, zones of de-escalation are being established while the process of political settlement and civil reconciliation are gaining momentum.» «Military operations against terrorists, which are not some poorly organised gangs but are well-equipped, trained, generously-funded and motivated groups, have demonstrated that the capabilities of the Russian Aerospace Forces, our army and navy have qualitatively increased,» noted Putin.

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