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Video shows awkward moment Russian soldier stops Assad from following Putin

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Putin Assad
Putin Assad

Al Arabiya, 11 December 2017 - Footage emerged on Monday showing a Russian military personnel preventing Bashar al-Assad from following Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia.

The video shows Assad hurryingly walking behind Putin trying to catch up but is stopped by a Russian soldier who placed his hand to slow him down. Assad can be seen extending his arm thinking the Russian was attempting to shake his hand.

The awkward moment was captured by cameras on Monday as Putin ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.