Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visit the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, Syria December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. / Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/ via REUTERS/File Photo
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