Senator: Russian soldiers, officers are not fighting in Syria

Russian military units are not involved in the Syrian conflict because it is impossible without a relevant decree issued by the Federation Council and such a decision has not been made, Nikolai Fedoryak, first deputy head of the Federation Council committee on defense and security, told Interfax on Sept.9.

Russian military units are not involved in the Syrian conflict because it is impossible without a relevant decree issued by the Federation Council and such a decision has not been made, Nikolai Fedoryak, first deputy head of the Federation Council committee on defense and security, told Interfax on Sept.9.

"The use of Russian Armed Forces abroad is only possible after a decision made by the upper house of the parliament responding to a relevant request by the president. We have not adopted such a decree," Fedoryak said.

Fedoryak denied the information of media reports stating that Russian military units are involved in military action on the territory of Syria.

The senator reiterated that the Federation Council has not received a request from the president to use Russian military units in Syria.

"If the upper house of the parliament receives such a request from the president, the senators will, of course, promptly consider it," Fedoryak said.

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