Kremlin: Russia does not participate in hostilities in Syria, but helps with handling equipment

Russian military specialists are helping Syrian counterparts to handle equipment, they do not participate in military actions, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Russian military specialists are helping Syrian counterparts to handle equipment, they do not participate in military actions, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"Russia considers its task to give support to the Syrian authorities in the struggle against dangerous phenomenon such as the so-called Islamic State," Peskov told reporters on Sept.10.

"This is exactly what explains Russia's attempts to provide necessary relevant aid," he said.

As for the information about the alleged participation of Russian Armed Forces in combat actions in Syria, the spokesman said: "The threat coming from ISIL and constant attempts to expand the area of influence which ISIL is controlling is absolutely obvious. And the only force which is resisting this advancement is the Syrian armed forces. There are just no other well-organized and viable forces."

Peskov recalled Russian President Vladimir Putin's previous statements on this issue. "Nothing has changed for this period of time. There is no point in repeating anything," he said.

Asked earlier in Vladivostok about the possible participation of Russian servicemen in the events in Syria, the Russian president said that different variants were considered but it is premature to talk about this.

In reply to a question about confirming or rejecting the reports of some media outlets on the direct participation of Russian servicemen in the armed conflict in Syria, the presidential spokesman said that the Russian Foreign Ministry has already commented on this issue: "All was explained. There are military specialists there who are engaged in the maintenance of special property, which is delivered to Syria absolutely according to international law," Peskov said.

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