Putin meets Assad in surprise Syria visit: presidency
DAMASCUS, Jan 7, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin met
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus,
his first since the start of the nearly nine-year-old war, the presidency
“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.