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Kremlin does not comment on reports about Russia’s alleged military build-up in Syria

January 25, 2016, 13:58 UTC+3 STAVROPOL

Vladimir Putin's press secretary suggested the reports should be commented on by the Russian Defense Ministry

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Dmitry Peskov

Dmitry Peskov

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STAVROPOL, January 25. /TASS/. The Kremlin does not comment on reports that Russia is allegedly building up its military presence in Syria on the border with Turkey, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"Our Aerospace Defense Forces are there [in Syria], they are carrying out an [anti-terrorist] mission," Peskov said. "Talking about location and strength, this is the topic that should be addressed by professionals, that is by our Defense Ministry," he noted.

Russian military operation in Syria

On September 30 last year Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to launch a military operation in Syria against Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups. Russian Aerospace Defense Forces delivered first targeted airstrikes at militants’ positions on the same day. More than 60 aircraft take part in the operation, including Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets, Su-25 aircraft, Su-30SM fighter aircraft, and Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. Since the start of the operation, Russian aviation made hundreds of sorties, destroyed dozens of ammunition depots, explosives production plants and command posts.

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