Official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Russian troops in Syria is not linked with the desire of Moscow to support the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war.
According to Zakharova, Russia “supported the preservation of the legitimate government” in Syria to prevent “decay” of this country.
“They say that Russia has introduced videoconferencing to Syria to support Assad in the civil war. So we could say, if Russia, for example, would introduce troops to support one side in Syria’s civil confrontation in 2011 or 2012,” said Zakharov to journalists (quoted by “Interfax”).
The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry noted that Moscow did not support any side in the civil confrontation in Syria, as “professes a policy of non-interference in the internal Affairs of the state.” “We don’t support Assad. Don’t forget: it was not our best friend, and a friend of the West”, — said Zakharov.
According to her, Russia “consistently advocated” preserving “the legitimate authority in Syria to prevent its collapse”.
“We have supported the preservation of the legitimate government, the authorities, realizing that if the President leaves, it will leave the government dissolves the Executive power and the army, and Libya all seem “easy walk” — said the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry.
Zakharova also said that by starting the operation with Syria, Russia has outlined its short, and the operation “was conducted with unprecedented openness”.
“The goals were clear — the fight against terrorism, including against the failure of a yearlong effort by the coalition, which was headed by the US,” she said.
The operation of the Russian air and space forces (VKS) in Syria began on September 30. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that dasfleet in Syria at the request of President Bashar al-Assad. The aim of the operation was named the fight against “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia) and other terrorist groups. On 14 March the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the goals facing the Ministry of defence “overall accomplished” and announced the withdrawal of the main Russian forces from Syria.