Putin meets Assad in surprise Syria visit
Damascus, Syria - Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus, his first since the start of the nearly nine-year war, Syria’s presidency said.
‘Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Damascus for a visit during which he met President Assad at the headquarters of the Russian forces’,’ it said in a statement.
The two leaders listened to a military presentation by the commander of Russian forces in Syria, said the presidency, which posted a picture of the two leaders shaking hands.
Putin said enormous progress had been made in the Syrian conflict, Russian news agencies reported.