MOSCOW, December 3. The Russian military operation in Syria is, first and foremost, protect Russian interests, said President Vladimir Putin.
“This is direct work on protection of interests of Russia”
“I want to thank you for the work you are doing in Syria. Must tell you that, and you know it well, I many times spoke publicly – it does not just help the Syrian people and the Syrian leadership, it is a direct effort to protect the interests of Russia, our citizens. You yourself know that should know this,” Putin said at the presentation of state awards of the Russian military.
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Putin: terrorists must be destroyed on the far outskirts of Russia, it is legal
Putin shared with the military personnel data on the situation in Syria, stressing that in there for the terrorists fighting a lot of immigrants from Russia, particularly from republics of the North Caucasus.
“Only today, now watching the materials of the place where was shot down by our aircraft (su-24) and killed our comrade… Our standing there, people from the Caucasus”, – said the President. “They are there, he (su-24) were used (attacked – approx.TASS),” – said Putin. “Last images now looked that they (the militants) have done and are never posted; it’s not network pictures. Our there, gangster faces,” said Putin.
“So what you’re there (in Syria) are doing, this is a direct defense of our country. This was not invented things, I not from a ceiling took is that if they (the militants came from the Russian Federation) will be strengthened, will return to us,” he warned. “They’re back, by the way; it’ll work for us”,- added the head of state.
While Russian security forces are suffering losses after the return of the terrorists. “We are constantly losing. There in the fight, learn how to… carry out explosions, attacks, etc., etc.”, – said Putin. “And then the special forces of the FSB, too, our guys are dying, from the special forces of the FSB, internal troops,” – said the head of state.
The President also stated that it is necessary to prevent the situation that was in Russia in the mid-90s. “We all remember what happened in the mid-90s, in the 2000s. should Not be allowed in any case return the situation. Your job in Syria designed, in order to prevent this situation in our country. It is first of all” – said Putin.
Operation HQs of the Russian Federation in Syria will positively affect the situation in the Middle East, Putin said.
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“I’m not going to say that your work there is combat, it has a significant impact on the overall situation in the region. Of course, only through the work that you do, you cannot change dramatically, it’s understandable. So your colleagues in other areas do their job. As he fought the Syrians in there and fight, and we can affect them only in a limited mode, but what happens there, positive it is, thanks to you and thanks to your comrades who are from the air work and lead, in fact, the Syrian armed forces”, – Putin said at the awarding ceremony of the Russian military.
He also thanked the person awarded all soldiers participating in the operation. “I wanted to thank you guys, as they say in these situations, all your comrades and send best wishes and congratulations,” – said the head of state.
State awards were granted to Russian soldiers, among them pilots and navigators.
Operation HQs of the Russian Federation in Syria
The Russian military launched operation against the militants is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist organizations “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” in Syria, 30 September, at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the air group included more than 50 aircraft in operation in early October, were engaged by ships of the Navy of the Russian Federation, who attacked the terrorists with a cruise missile from the Caspian sea. Since the beginning of military actions of the Russian pilots destroyed more than 2 thousand objects of the militants. To participate in a ground operation, Russia does not intend.