Russia says it sent military experts to Syria to assist al-Assad forces

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry is also disclosing for the first time that Russian military experts are now on the ground in Syria, assisting President Bashar al Assad’s government forces however it is also denying U.S. charges that it’s expanding military aid to Syria. This follows confirmation by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow is also flying military equipment into Syria.

CCTV’s Julia Lyubova filed this report from Moscow.

Russia says for first time it sent military experts to Syria to assist al-Assad forces

Russia's Foreign Ministry is also disclosing for the first time that Russian military experts are now on the ground in Syria, assisting President Bashar al Assad's government forces however it is also denying U.S. charges that it's expanding military aid to Syria. This follows confirmation by Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow is also flying military equipment into Syria. CCTV's Julia Lyubova filed this report from Moscow.

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  • Russia has backed the government of Bashar al-Assad since the beginning of the conflict in the country.
  • Russia’s military presence in Syria has grown significantly, including a rise in military personnel.
  • Some experts believe that without Russia’s aid, President Assad would not still be in office.

Governments criticize Russian activity in Syria

Russia’s actions in Syria are drawing the attention of other governments, especially the United States. CCTV America’s Roee Ruttenberg filed this report.

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  • This week Bulgaria accepted American requests to deny its airspace to Russian cargo planes.
  • The U.S. says Russia is fueling the conflict in Syria and with it, the country’s humanitarian crisis.
  • U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov to express some of Washington’s concerns.

Governments criticize Russian activity in Syria

Russia's actions in Syria are drawing the attention of other governments, especially the United States. CCTV America's Roee Ruttenberg filed this report.


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