Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria on Tuesday to meet with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad and several Russian military officials.

According to a government source in Damascus, Putin met with President Assad at the Russian base in the capital, where they observed the Russian Armed Forces for a short while before beginning their meeting.

Putin’s visit to Syria on Tuesday marks the second time since the start of the Syrian Conflict that he has traveled to the war-torn nation.

Previously, Putin made a similar visit before flying to neighboring Turkey to meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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