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The statement added this informal summit in Sochi, between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin, is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russian Federation at the highest levels.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Assad informed the Russian leader of his decision to "send a delegation to the UN" to discuss reforming the country's constitution.

Russian Federation has been one of Assad's most critical allies throughout the ongoing civil war in Syria.

A posting on the Syrian presidency's Facebook page said the two leaders consulted on various issues of mutual interest and the latest political and military developments in Syria.

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"The next task, of course, is the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Putin added.

The news agency also paraphrased Mr. Putin's message, though slightly differently, saying that, "in the course of the meeting Putin announced to Assad that he was counting on the withdrawal of foreign armed forces from the territory of Syria".

The two leaders emphasized the importance of creating conditions for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, he also said.

Russia, Iran and Turkey have been attempting to resolve the conflict in the talks that started past year in Astana in competition with a United States and UN-backed Geneva initiative.

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He thanked the Russian military for playing an important role in the fight.

But the special envoy noted that half of the people in the northern rebel province of Idlib had already fled from other parts of Syria, "and will have nowhere else to go because there is no other place to go".

Peskov restated Moscow's position that the economic sanctions were illegal, but added that Russian Federation was keen to talk with Angela Merkel and the French leader Emmanuel Macron, whose visit is scheduled for next week, Deutsche Welle reported.

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