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Russian officials say Assad upbeat after strikes

A group of Russian politicians meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose mood they describe as “good,” a day after Western airstrikes.

In Assad’s view, the airstrikes that were launched in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian forces on the town of Douma will unify the country. That’s according to Dmitry Sablin, a member of the lower house of the Russian parliament, who is quoted by Russian news agencies.

Natalya Komarova, governor of Russia’s Khanty-Mansiysk region, also attends Sunday’s meeting. She says: “President Assad has an absolutely positive attitude, a good mood.”

Sablin is quoted as saying that Assad estimates rebuilding the country after years of war would cost $400 billion.

— AP

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