Russian Armed Forces Complete Mission to Destroy Daesh in Syria - Gen. Staff

Vladimir Putin has declared victory over ISIS

The extremist group still controls patches of territory in eastern Syria, where it imposes a media blackout.

"Two hours ago, the (Russian) defense minister reported to me that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have been completed with the total rout of the terrorists", Putin said.

"The Russian armed forces' goal to defeat armed groups of the ISIL terrorist organisation in Syria has been accomplished", said senior military officer Sergei Rudskoi, using an alternative acronym for the group.

The general also said that Russian forces had in recent days been fighting alongside Kurdish forces near the Syria-Iraq border.

But "to stop any chance for it to actually start again under another name and under another person requires a credible political process, constitution, parliamentary presidential elections under United Nations supervision", he said.

Egeland spoke to reporters in Geneva on Thursday, where a delegation of the Syrian opposition is awaiting the government to resume United Nations -brokered talks.

Russia's military has announced it has defeated Islamic State group in Syria, affirming that the terrorist group has lost its remaining areas in the country.

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The United States and France called on Russia Wednesday to deliver the delegation of President Bashar Assad to Syria peace talks in Geneva after discussions on ending the 6-year-old war resumed with no sign of the government attending.

Those strikes have helped Syria regain control over much of the war-ravaged country.

With Syrian government forces now involved with combing and de-mining areas once held by the Islamic State group, Russia's new mission, according to Rudskoi, will revolve around preserving ceasefires and restoring peaceful life.

The Syrian troops are now demining the settlements previously occupied by IS terrorists.

Putin had said in November that Russian Federation would start focusing on political reform as part of a "new stage" in the conflict.

More than 340,000 people have been killed since the conflict broke out in March 2011 with protests against Assad's rule that sparked a brutal crackdown.

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