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Iranian defense minister: Russia’s operation in Syria tilts balance of forces in region

February 16, 18:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s presence in Syria has undoubtedly influences the atmosphere of security and changed the balance of forces, he says
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MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Russia’s air operation in Syria has tilted the balance of forced in the region, visiting Iranian Defense Minister Hosein Dehqan said on Tuesday.

"Russia’s presence in Syria has undoubtedly influences the atmosphere of security and changed the balance of forces," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

"Close cooperation of the Syrian army and people and Syria’s people’s militias with those military who were seconded there by Russia can cardinally change the situation in this regions," he said. "I don’t think we will have to wait for long to see that."

He stressed his country would continue to cooperate with Russia "on regional problems, as well as in the technology and industry sectors."

Russia’s aerospace forces launched pinpoint strikes against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra targets in Syria on September 30 after the Federation Council upper parliament house unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request for the use of the armed forces against terrorists in Syria. Air strikes are delivered at military hardware, communications centers, transport vehicles, munitions depots and other terrorist infrastructure facilities. The military operation is conducted at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Russia has repeatedly said it does not plan to take part in any ground operations in Syria.

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