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    Syria Starts Reaching Contracts With Russian Oil, Gas Companies - Assad

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    The Syrian government has reached contracts with a number of Russian oil and gas companies and will continue to do so, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Sputnik.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin visited Damascus in November.

    "We already started with some of the companies after his visit … the Syrian market is free now for Russian companies to come and join and to play an important part in rebuilding Syria and investing in Syria," Assad said.

    According to the president, "some Russian companies" in the oil and gas sector have "joined" this process "recently during the last few months."

    "The process of signing the contracts, the final, let's say, steps of signing the contracts is underway," he added.

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