Putin, Bashar al-Assad hold talks in Moscow
MOSCOW – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Moscow on Tuesday evening to personally thank Russia’s Vladimir Putin for his military support, in a surprise visit that underlined how Russia has become a major player in the Middle East.
It was Assad’s first foreign trip since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, and came three weeks after Russia launched a campaign of air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria that has also bolstered Assad’s forces.
The Kremlin kept the visit quiet until Wednesday morning, broadcasting a meeting between the two men in the …read more
Source: Chiangrai Times