Using ground troops in Syria is out of the question, the Russian president said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV. Russia’s air operation has been thoroughly prepared and is aimed merely at aiding the Syrian Army’s offensive, he said.
“Whatever happens, we’re not going to do this [ground operation] and our Syrian friends are well aware of it,” President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Russian TV anchor Vladimir Solovyov.
The primary task of the Russian operation in Syria is “stabilizing the legitimate authority in this country and creating conditions to look for political compromise,” President Putin said.
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The Russian leader specifically stressed that Moscow had notified the Western coalition when it began the operation in Syria.
“We advised beforehand our American partners and many other partners, particularly those in the [Syrian] region, about our intentions and our plans,” Putin said, specifically stressing that “never ever Russia was warned about similar operations being planned or launched.”
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