Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Damascus on Tuesday to meet
with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about their joint military
operations as the country's long-running civil war continues.
It was Putin's first visit to Syria since December 2017, when he met
Assad and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu at the Khmeimim Air
On Tuesday, Putin arrived at the Russian Armed Forces group headquarters to meet with Assad.
"The leaders heard military reports on developments in various regions
of the country," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "Talking to
al-Assad, Putin underlined that it can certainly be said now that much
ground was covered to restore Syria's statehood and territorial
"Putin also underlined that it is clear to the naked eye that peaceful
life is returning to the streets of Damascus," Peskov added.
Assad said he appreciated Russia's work alongside the Syrian Arab Army
in battling the opposition forces that have fought the government since
The two leaders talked about their fight against terrorism, securing Idlib and Turkey's actions in northern Syria.
Assad took Putin on a tour of Damascus, visiting the Grand Umayyad
Mosque and the shrine of St. John the Baptist, along with the Mariamite
Cathedral of Damascus, the oldest church in the city.
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