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Russia: Putin talks Syria conflict as he receives 16 foreign ambassadors03:56

Russia: Putin talks Syria conflict as he receives 16 foreign ambassadors

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 20, 2016 at 14:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially accepted the credentials of 16 arrived ambassadors and plenipotentiaries, among them the ambassadors of Bolivia, Japan, India and the United Kingdom, during a ceremony in Moscow, Wednesday.

During his speech, President Putin speaking about the Syrian conflict said that "a number of important steps have been taken with a view to ensure a peaceful settlement" adding that "the international community can achieve pronounced results through unified action based on international law and the central role of the UN." Moscow's role in Syria stopped "the disintegration of the Syrian state, its statehood, preserved power structures and prevented mass victims among the civilian population," noted Putin.

The Russian leader also drew attention to evolving ties with Japan saying he hoped that the visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Sochi in May would lead to "the expansion of ties."

Referring to India, Putin mentioned how "cooperation between Russia and India is dynamic and is developing in a constructive, mutually beneficial manner as is traditional." Those relations "hinge upon a mutual affinity of the peoples of the two countries" and the "the conjunction of long-term national goals and developing objectives," added Putin.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin officially accepted the credentials of 16 arrived ambassadors and plenipotentiaries, among them the ambassadors of Bolivia, Japan, India and the United Kingdom, during a ceremony in Moscow, Wednesday.

During his speech, President Putin speaking about the Syrian conflict said that "a number of important steps have been taken with a view to ensure a peaceful settlement" adding that "the international community can achieve pronounced results through unified action based on international law and the central role of the UN." Moscow's role in Syria stopped "the disintegration of the Syrian state, its statehood, preserved power structures and prevented mass victims among the civilian population," noted Putin.

The Russian leader also drew attention to evolving ties with Japan saying he hoped that the visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Sochi in May would lead to "the expansion of ties."

Referring to India, Putin mentioned how "cooperation between Russia and India is dynamic and is developing in a constructive, mutually beneficial manner as is traditional." Those relations "hinge upon a mutual affinity of the peoples of the two countries" and the "the conjunction of long-term national goals and developing objectives," added Putin.

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