MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow is against ground operation in Syria as it will lead to a prolonged war, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
"No one is interested in a new war. And ground operation is a full-fledged, long war," Medvedev told the Euronews television channel in an interview.
Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011. The country’s government is fighting a number of opposition forces, as well as radical Islamist militant organizations.
Moscow has repeatedly dismissed the possibility of expanding its aerial campaign in Syria to ground operations.