Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) decorates Commander of the Russian troops in Syria Colonel General Sergei Surovikin (L) during a ceremony to present state awards to Russian military servicemen who fought in Syria, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, 28 December 2017. Over 600 servicemen attended the ceremony.  ANSA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT