Today, on June 16, President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad met with a delegation of the Donetsk People's Republic headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova.
Mr. Assad greeted delegates, noting the common path of the peoples of Donbass and Syria in a fight against unfriendly United States and other Western countries. He expressed confidence in the speedy and successful completion of the operation to liberate territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics from the Kiev regime and wished peace to be restored as soon as possible.
The President of the Syrian Arab Republic noted the readiness of the state to recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. Mr. Assad announced the official start of the recognition procedure and noted that the SAR Ministry of Foreign Affairs would immediately receive relevant instructions from him.
Mr. Assad asked Natalia Nikonorova to convey greetings to the Donetsk People's Republic Head, as well as gratitude for his active position in development of constructive and fruitful relations with Damascus.
The Foreign Minister, in turn, conveyed words of welcome from the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic and the entire Donbass people. She also expressed gratitude to Mr. Assad for his support and readiness to strengthen cooperation with Donbass.
In addition, Natalia Nikonorova suggested that Mr. Assad consider the possibility of participation of the Syrian Arab Republic in an international tribunal against representatives of Ukrainian armed groups who are accused of committing crimes against Donbass inhabitants.
Also, the head of the DPR delegation expressed the state's full readiness for a dynamic and mutually beneficial rapprochement between the Donetsk People's Republic and the Syrian Arab Republic.