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Putin meets Assad in uncommon Syria visit in the midst of US-Iran pressures



Russian President Vladimir Putin has met his Syrian partner Bashar al-Assad during an uncommon visit to the Syrian capital as the possibility of war among Iran and the United States lingered over the area. 

Tuesday's visit was Putin's first to Damascus and second to Syria, a key Iran partner, since the beginning of the about nine-year war that Russian soldiers participated in 2015 to help the Syrian government. 

The two heads tuned in to a military introduction by the officer of Russian powers in Syria, the Syrian administration said in an announcement alongside an image of the two chiefs shaking hands. 

Putin stretched out his welcome to Russian powers for Orthodox Christmas which is praised on January 7. 

He likewise said gigantic advancement had been made in the Syrian clash, Russian news organizations announced. 

"In his discussion with Assad, Putin noticed that we would now be able to state with certainty that a gigantic separation has been gone towards reestablishing Syrian statehood and the nation's regional trustworthiness," the organizations cited Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov as saying. 

Peskov told Interfax, RIA Novosti and TASS that Putin met al-Assad at an order post for Russian powers in Syria, passing through Damascus in transit. 

"Putin additionally noticed that in the city of Damascus, the indications of how harmony has been reestablished can be seen with the unaided eye," as per Peskov. 

He said the two men heard military reports on the circumstance in different pieces of Syria, where Russia's military mediated in 2015 on the side of al-Assad. 

"The Syrian president communicated thankfulness for the assistance of Russia and the Russian military in the battle against fear based oppression and the rebuilding of serene life in Syria," Peskov said. 

Putin was because of visit a few additional locales, Peskov stated, without giving further subtleties. 

The Russian chief visited Syria in December 2017 however had not been to the capital, just halting at the Russian base of Hmeimim on the Mediterranean coast. 

The visit came in the midst of increased strains among Iran and the US, following the murdering of a top Iranian general in a US air strike in neighboring Iraq. 

Progressive Guard General Qassem Soleimani's passing has started calls crosswise over Iran for retribution against the US. 

US troops are situated in eastern Syria, making the nation a potential site of contention with Iran. 

Soleimani, who was killed on Friday in a US assault on Baghdad air terminal, was generally observed as one of the most influential men in the district and the modeler of Iran's help for the Syrian armed force. 

Tehran has responded by vowing grisly vengeance, as have the state armies it controls in Iraq, while Parliament in Baghdad has casted a ballot to demand a full US troop withdrawal. 

Putin is normal in Turkey on Wednesday to initiate a gas pipeline with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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