“There are many problems in the area. We now see what is happening on the left bank of the Euphrates, our colleagues know that. This territory is under the protection of our American partners, they rely there on the Kurdish armed forces. But they obviously did not work it through, members of Daesh remained in several settlements,” Putin said at the annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi.
The President further stressed that Daesh had recently started expanding its presence, having taken 130 families hostage, which is nearly 700 people.
“They [terrorists] put forward ultimatums and certain demands, and warned that if these ultimatums are not followed up to, they will be gunning down 10 people everyday. The day before yesterday they executed ten people,” Putin stressed.
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“Our data shows that several citizens of the United States and [some] European countries were also taken hostage [by Daesh],” Putin added.
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Addressing the situation in Syria, Putin noted that creation of the demilitarized zone is still underway. He thanked Turkey for helping to resolve the Syrian crisis, noting that Ankara had been fulfilling its obligations on Syria’s Idlib.
“Over these years, we have liberated almost 95 percent of the Syrian Republic’s territory, this is the first thing. The second thing is that we have secured the statehood there, we…