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Syria's Assad hosts Russian envoy, discusses rapprochement with Turkey

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Russian special envoy Alexander Lavrentiev to discuss ending the occupation of Syrian land, highlighting the potential rapprochement with Turkey.
A banner depicting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin reading "Justice Prevails" is displayed along a highway, Damascus, Syria, March 8, 2022.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met in Damascus on Thursday with a Russian delegation headed by the special envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lavrentiev.

Talks covered Syrian-Russian strategic relations, and efforts to normalize relations between Damascus and Ankara following a breakdown in those ties in the last ten years. 

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