Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo
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DAMASCUS – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that his country is ready to play a greater military role in Syria and use more advanced forces against terror groups there “if necessary”.
“We see how effectively our pilots and intelligence officers work in Syria and how effectively they coordinate their efforts,” Putin said at a Kremlin event honoring Russian security forces.
“At that, they are diversified, and the army, navy and aviation use the most modern weapons,” Putin was quoted by the state news agency Sputnik as saying.
The Russian President added: “I would like to note that these are by far not all of our capabilities. We have, by far, not used everything of what we already have.”
“We have additional capabilities. If necessary, we will use them too.”
Russia is considered the main ally to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against armed opposition forces and jihadists. It started a campaign of airstrikes in Syria on Sept. 30, in a bid to bolster pro-Assad troops on the ground.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi