Media reports alleging that Russia is planning to increase the number of its airbases in Syria are untrue, says Russian Federation Council defense and security committee head Viktor Ozerov.
"As far as I know, it's not so," Ozerov told Interfax when asked whether such reports were true.
A number of media outlets reported earlier that Russia planned to increase the number of its airbases in Syria, in particular, by expanding an airbase in the Homs governorate for deploying fighters and using another, at Al Tayas, for its helicopters.
"We can talk about increasing the number of our planes rather than about expanding our military bases today," Ozerov said.
"Our Western partners are again trying to foment tensions at the wrong place. There is the impression that they are striking terrorists with one hand, and are eager to do all they can with the other so as to compromise Russia and diminish the role that our armed forces are playing in opposing and eliminating terrorists," Ozerov said.
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