Russia’s actions helped prevent a NATO strike on Syria 624 cruise missiles. This was stated by the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu in the air “Russia-24”.
“Our presence there, if you recall a year ago, and even better a year and a half ago as a gradually step by step was changed as a whole. Changed the situation in relation to Syria, and when you ask yourself the question: what would happen if our President failed to convince and implement the idea of the surrender and destruction of chemical weapons. It’s literally there in a daily readiness stood, speaking only for cruise missiles 624, memory say, cruise missiles and were ready for a mass strike on Syria,” — said Shoigu.
He added that if the strike still would have suffered, to rebuild the state structure in Syria would be extremely difficult.
The civil war in Syria are from 2011. In 2013 there were reports of a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus, at that time controlled by the rebels. The attack killed hundreds of people. Official Damascus and the opposition have accused each other of using chemical weapons. According to the UN, from March to August 2013 chemical weapons in Syria were used at least five times.
After that, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin proposed the transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons under international control at the G20 summit. Syria supported the plan. After President Barack Obama decided to postpone the upcoming military operation against Syria, subject to adherence to the agreement.