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    Russian specialists were sent to Syria to teach local armed forces to operate Russian weapons.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian military specialists are currently deployed in Syria in order to help Syrians master Russian military equipment that is being delivered, Russian Foreign Minister spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

    In recent days, several media outlets published images, found on social media accounts, showing Russians troops in locations across Syria.

    “I can confirm and reiterate that there are Russian military specialists in Syria who are helping master the equipment being delivered.”

    Earlier, Zakharova reiterated Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's statement that Russia had always supplied equipment to the Syrian authorities in their struggle against terrorism.

    On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that Russia provides "considerable" support to Syria in terms of equipment, training and weaponry.

    Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011. The conflict is essentially a struggle between the Syrian government and the so-called moderate opposition, which aims to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, but it has been made more complicated by extremist groups, such as the Islamic State, operating in the country.


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