A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast ‘victory’ tour

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Ρussian President Vladimir Putin declared “victory” in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow’s deepening ties with those key regional powers.

The tour highlighted Russia’s expanded reach in the Middle East and the global clout of its leader, who announced last week he is seeking re-election for another six-year term in March.

Brez 1aSpeaking to Russian troops on the tarmac at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria, Putin talked of the triumph over “terrorists” and announced a partial pullout of Russian troops.

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