Men in military uniforms and suits sit at a table

Left to right during the January 7, 2020 Damascus command post briefing: Russian Col.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Syrian Minister of Defense Ali Ayoub. Video stills taken from the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense websites available at under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International