Foreign Minister says aside from military supplies, Moscow will also send “Russian specialists” to the war-torn country.
13 Sep 2015
Moscow has come under international pressure in recent days over its reported military build-up in Syria [AP File Photo] Russia will continue its military support of Syria, including sending personnel to the embattled country, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.”There were military supplies, they are ongoing and they will continue. They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use these weaponry,” Lavrov said on Sunday.
Moscow has come under increased international pressure in recent days over what Washington and Gulf States said is a Russian military build-up in Syria, where the Kremlin has been supporting President Bashar al-Assad in a four and-a-half-year war.
Lavrov also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is travelling to New York for the UN General Assembly meeting later this month, plans to address the assembly on the topics of Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the state of the global economy and sanctions against Russia.
“He (Putin) will touch specific aspects, such as Syria, the Ukraine crisis. All these crises arise from systemic problems regarding attempts to freeze the process of forming polycentric world,” Lavrov said.
The United States and its allies oppose Assad, whose government has been fighting an array of armed groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).