Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Rogozin wrote on May 24 on his Twitter account that he was meeting with officials in Damascus and "finishing meeting with Assad."
The tweet contained a picture of Rogozin shaking hands with Assad.
Speaking after the meeting with the Syrian president, Rogozin contrasted upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine and Syria, saying Syria's election was being conducted in strict accordance with the constitution and "not as a result of a state coup with an accompanying usurpation of power."
Rogozin's meetings came the same day Russia announced plans to ship 12 MiG-29M/M2 fighter planes to Syria in 2016-2017.
MiG aircraft general director Sergei Korotkov said the shipment of planes was in accordance with an agreement signed in 2007.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS an Asia-Plus