Since fighting broke out in his country in 2011, Assad has traveled only rarely but has made three publicly-acknowledged visits to Russian Federation, each time for meetings with Putin.
"After the military success (of the Syrian army in recent months) supplementary conditions have been created which favour the start of a political process on a major scale", Mr Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin following the meeting in the southern Russian city of Sochi. The fallout over the Iran deal is a rare topic for rapprochement between Europe and Moscow, whose relations are marred by disagreements over the Syria conflict, Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine.
"We know that will not be easy since there are countries which do not want stability to return to Syria".
"The talks were quite detailed", Peskov said. "However, we will continue to move steadily toward the peace process and for the sake of peace", Assad stressed.
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Assad said the areas controlled by terrorists have substantially diminished.
State-owned Rostec, established in late 2007, is Russia's largest weapons exporter. "Much has also been done within the framework of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in Sochi", he said.
"The terrorists have laid down their arms in key locations in Syria, which has allowed for the restoration of Syrian infrastructure", Putin was cited as saying. The previous occasion was in November a year ago.
Since fighting broke out in Syria in 2011, the Syrian president has traveled three times to Russian Federation for talks with Putin - visits that underscored Moscow's status as Assad's chief backer.