The head of the Chechen Republic has said that Syrian President invited him twice, but he still has no time for the trip. In an interview with RIA Novosti, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said he is to visit Syria at the invitation of its President Bashar Assad.
"President Assad has invited me twice... I just have no time to go... Sure, I want to go," Kadyrov said.
He noted that he had visited Damascus before the war started.
When asked if the trip is to happen before September elections, Kadyrov replied: "I’m still performing the duties in order to keep the certificate."
Ramzan Kadyrov noted that his time as the head of Chechnya had come to an end and it was high time for the state to find another person to replace him.
Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Kadyrov as acting head of Chechnya and expressed hope that he takes part in the September elections.