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Russian Operation in Syria to Remain Exclusively Airborne – Deputy PM

© Sputnik / Sergei Mamontov / Go to the photo bankRussian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin - Sputnik International
Deputy Prime Minister said that Russia does not intend to carry out a ground operation in Syria.

A pilot of a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet gestures before taking off at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria - Sputnik International
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BAGHDAD (Sputnik) Russia does not intend to carry out a ground operation in Syria, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday.

"[Speculations about] possibility of Russia's ground operation in Syria are not true," Rogozin said in Baghdad during a joint press conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari.

He added that Syrians must free their country from terrorists by themselves, while Russia assists them with pinpoint airstrikes requested by the Syrian authorities, as well as providing the Syrian side with the necessary equipment.

Russia launched its aerial campaign against jihadist militants in Syria in September 2015 at Syrian President Bashar Assad’s request. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that the Russian military campaign in the country will be limited to air operations.

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