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Full-scale assault on Syria's Idlib 'not expedient', says Russia's Putin

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Full-scale assault on Syria's Idlib 'not expedient', says Russia's Putin
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Vladivostok, Russia April 25, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS   -   Copyright  SPUTNIK(Reuters)

BEIJING (Reuters) – A full-scale assault against militants in Syria’s Idlib province “is not expedient now” and civilians’ security needs to be taken into account, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.

Speaking in Beijing, Putin said Russia would work with the Syrian opposition to finalise the make-up of a constitutional committee, part of efforts to secure a political settlement of the conflict.

Russia has helped forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad take back most of the country in the eight-year-old war but fighting continues.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Andrew Heavens)