Capturing of Deir ez-Zor by Syrian government troops means a serious defeat to the terrorists and the strengthening of the positions of the Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“Once the operation in Deir ez-Zor is completed, it will mean that the terrorists have suffered a very serious defeat, and the government forces, the Assad government has gained an indisputable advantage,” Putin said at a press conference on Tuesday.

After that, according to him, it will be necessary to take the next step in strengthening the ceasefire regime and adjust the political process and start the restoration process of the Syrian economy.

“This is a great work, and without the help of the international community, it will be difficult for the Syrian authorities to solve the problems they are facing,” Mr Putin said.

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