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Putin will continue "diplomatic marathon" on settlement of Syrian situation - Kremlin

"President Putin had organized a busy diplomatic marathon," the president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. "It, of course, will continue anyway."

VLADIVOSTOK, November 26. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will continue the "diplomatic marathon" on settlement of the situation in Syria, the president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 television channel on Sunday.

"President Putin had organized a busy diplomatic marathon. It, of course, will continue anyway," he said, adding "there will be much work to do."-

On Wednesday, the leaders of the three Syrian ceasefire guarantor nations, namely Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, had talks in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi to discuss further steps towards Syrian settlement. They issued instructions to look at the issue of the composition and the date for a Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi.

According to the president’s press secretary, the meeting, Putin had prior to that with Syria’s President Bashar Assad, "made a very big input in the rather successful result of the recent meeting in Sochi."

Before the trilateral meeting in Sochi, Bashar Assad had talks with Putin, devoted to the situation in that country and in the region. Putin pointed out that "the Syrian government is adherent to principles of a peace solution to the political crisis and is ready for the constitutional reform and UN-monitored free elections.".