Putin on unannounced visit to Damascus

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Damascus and held talks with Syrian ruler Bashar Assad. This is only his second visit to the Syrian capital since embarking on Russian intervention in the Syrian conflict four years ago. DEBKAfile: Putin’s trip is certainly connected with the fallout in the region following the US killing of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani and its possible impact of the Shiite militias serving in Syria, as well as the final stage in the bloody battle for Idlib, the last province remaining out of regime hands.

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