Putin, Assad discuss supplies of Russian COVID-19 vaccine to Syria - Kremlin

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Putin meets with his Syrian counterpart Assad in Damascus

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad discussed Russian vaccine supplies to Syria and cooperation against COVID-19 during a phone call on Monday, the Kremlin said.

In a readout of the call, the Kremlin also said Assad had told Putin about preparations ahead of a presidential election in May.

(Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams)