Syrian President Assad Tours Russian Military Base

Syrian military media has published a video of President Bashar Assad inspecting the Russian Hmeimim air base in western Syria and climbing into the cockpit of a Russian SU-35 fighter jet.

The military media outlet says Assad was accompanied by the Russian Army’s Chief of Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, to inspect the base near the coastal city of Latakia.

Russia’s air intervention from September 2015 against rebels pushed the Syrian civil war decisively in Assad’s favor.

Photos posted by the military media showed a Russian helicopter and armored trucks on base.

The president wore a business suit and was accompanied by Russian staff in military uniform.

Source: Associated Press