Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Tuesday. Mr. Putin defended Moscow’s military assistance to the Syrian government.
The Wall Street Journal
Updated Sept. 15, 2015 10:15 a.m. ET
MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday his government would continue to deliver military assistance to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, amid concerns over Moscow’s military buildup in the Middle Eastern country. “We support the government of Syria in its effort to counter terrorist aggression,” Mr. Putin said at a security summit in Dushanbe, the capital of the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. “We provide and will continue to provide military assistance. “We call on other countries to join with us,” the Russian leader added. Mr. Putin’s remarks come as U.S. officials sound the alarm over a more robust Russian military presence in Syria.
A man and girl ran from a site hit by what were believed to be airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
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Over the weekend, U.S. officials said the Russian military had deployed half a dozen tanks at an airfield outside the Syrian port city of Latakia, a move Washington believes may be a prelude to Moscow taking a direct combat role in propping up the embattled Assad regime. Alluding to the refugee crisis in Europe, Mr. Putin said: “If Russia didn’t support Syria, the situation in that country would be much worse than in Libya, and the flow of refugees would be greater.” Russia last year took in 1,435 refugees from Syria, according to the country’s Federal Migration Service. By contrast, Russia took in around 265,000 temporary …Read More