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.
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.”
“Yet we did so. With good will, on considerations of practicability and to show our openness for cooperative work,” Putin said.
“I want to stress once again that we are acting in full compliance with international law, and at the request of the official authorities of Syria,” he added.
Moscow does not lose hope that other countries will join the Russian operation in Syria, Putin said, pointing out that at the moment Russia began its operation against Islamic State there were 11 countries already staging airstrikes on Syrian territory.
The Russian operation in Syria was not spontaneous and was preceded by detailed satellite and airborne surveillance, Putin said, noting that experts from the Russian Joint Staff in coordination with their Syrian partners and other countries in the region had created an information center in Baghdad to exchange reconnaissance data.
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