June 7, 2018 / 12:38 PM / 2 months ago

Putin says Russia not yet planning to withdraw from Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia was not planning to withdraw from Syria for now, adding that the military would stay there for as long as it was in Russia’s interest.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 7, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

“We are not yet planning a withdrawal of these military forces,” Putin told a televised phone-in session.

Putin also said there was no need for any major military operations in Syria involving Russia’s armed forces and that Russia could leave the country quickly if necessary.

Reporting by Christian Lowe and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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