Kadyrov says he plans to visit Syria before September elections. (SP).
Syrian opposition representatives visited Chechnya to "exchange experiences" with the southern Russian republic, which has overcome years of terrorism, the acting leader of the Chechen Republic told Sputnik in an interview.
"They visited for consultations. Experience sharing: you have gone through this, what should we do?" Ramzan Kadyrov said.
He did not specify which opposition group the delegation represented.
"[Syrian] President [Bashar] Assad twice invited me… to visit. But I just did not have time… I want to go, certainly," Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov added that he was going to make a visit to Syria before the September elections in the southern Russian region of Chechnya.
Kadyrov told Sputnik that the Syrian opposition is not free to make any decisions, they are made by a third party.
"They cannot decide anything on their own, a 'puppet master' is behind them and this 'puppet master' makes all the decisions," Kadyrov said following a meeting with the representatives of the Syrian opposition.