Early Monday morning, the plane of the presidential flight squad Tu-214PU landed at Hmeimim airbase. Speaking to the Russian military, Vladimir Putin announced the completion of the active phase of the operation in Syria and ordered the withdrawal of troops from that country to begin.
Just a few hours later, the presidential board arrived in Cairo. On the agenda of negotiations with the Egyptian counterpart Abdelfattah al-Sisi were a number of issues, among them - ensuring security in the Middle East.
Some time later, Vladimir Putin was already shaking hands with Recep Erdogan in Ankara. At the seventh meeting for the year, the two presidents discussed including the Syrian issue.
Israeli expert Jacob Kedmi believes that the Russian president had three main goals during his visits.