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Lawmaker seeks defense ministry's explanation over reports on Russian troops in Syria

September 07, 2015, 16:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the lawmaker, reports on presence of Russian troops in Syria are posted in social networks as well as in Russian and foreign media
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 Member of the Russian State Duma Dmitry Gudkov

Member of the Russian State Duma Dmitry Gudkov

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MOSCOW, September 7. /TASS/. Member of the Russian State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) Dmitry Gudkov has sent a query to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu asking for information on whether Russian troops were involved in the fighting in Syria. A copy of the query has been obtained by TASS.

According to the lawmaker, reports on presence of Russian troops in Syria are posted in social networks as well as in Russian and foreign media.

Gudkov asked Shoigu to clarify "whether Russian troops were taking part in the fighting in Syria", and if so, whether there were casualties among them.

Last week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the US Administration was closely monitoring media reports about the alleged dispatch of Russian Armed Forces units to Syria. For his part, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that Washington had brought to the attention of Moscow its concern over reports "that Russia may be deploying military personnel [to Syria]."

Meanwhile, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he had no information about the alleged increase of Russia’s military presence in Syria.

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