Military expert: Syrian army can be supported by providing it with firearms, communications facilities

The Syrian army, which is fighting terrorist groups, including in city conditions, is sure to need munitions and close combat facilities, Lieutenant-General Yevgeny Buzhinsky, former director of the international contracts department of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Defense Ministry, said on Sept.16.

The Syrian army, which is fighting terrorist groups, including in city conditions, is sure to need munitions and close combat facilities, Lieutenant-General Yevgeny Buzhinsky, former director of the international contracts department of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Defense Ministry, said on Sept.16.

"It's primarily light firearms, mortars, munitions and communications facilities. Everything that is needed for effectively fighting an irregular army," Buzhinsky told Interfax-AVN, responding to a question about what weapons Damascus needs.

At the same time he said the supply of large weapon systems to Syria, including tanks, helicopters and planes is not highly probable.

"Such systems need certain logistical support and good and, most importantly, safe transport support. Syria doesn't have that now. Additionally, the movement of heavy equipment is difficult to hide," the expert said.

The expert said the information disseminated by the U.S. stating that Russian T-90 tanks and other new Russian military equipment have appeared in Syria is false. "From my viewpoint all this information is rumors and gossip," Buzhinsky said.

He recalled that the USSR has supplied to Syria virtually the entire weapons nomenclature (planes, T-72 tanks and air defense systems) since the 1970s. In the 1990s, military-technical cooperation shrank considerably because, according to the expert, Damascus' financial capabilities are limited.

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