Russia paratroop chief says force willing to fight in Syria

Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov's comments come after Washington announced air cover for US-trained rebels in Syria

Russia paratroop chief says force willing to fight in Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

The head of Russia’s elite Airborne Troops has expressed interest in deploying the troops to Syria for counter terror missions, days after Moscow blasted Washington’s decision to provide air cover for US-trained rebels according to Now report.

When asked by a Syrian reporter if Russian Airborne Troops would assist the Assad regime, Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov responded that “we will execute the decisions set forth by the country’s leadership, if there is a task at hand.” 

He also highlighted the close military ties between Moscow and Damascus, according to a report published late Tuesday by Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency.

Hours after Shamanov’s comments however Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary denied that Damascus has asked Russia to send troops to fight ISIL.

“No, this isn’t being discussed in any way. This issue isn’t on the agenda,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The comments by the Russian Airborne Troops commander come as Moscow has been working to broker a quadripartite anti-ISIL alliance that would bring together Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan.

Regional diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict have picked up in recent days, with Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US holding a trilateral talk on the issue Monday in Qatar.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2015, 12:42