Syrian Army on the ‘Threshold of Palmyra’: Syrian Ambassador to Russia

Syrian Army on the ‘Threshold of Palmyra’: Syrian Ambassador to Russia
Fri Mar 18, 2016 21:14:15

On Thursday, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad thanked Moscow for its support for the Syrian army in its drive to retake Palmyra, saying Damascus is very close to liberating the city from the occupation of ISIS.

“Our army is on the threshold of the city. This, of course, [occurred] with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces,” Haddad said.

On March 14, President Putin ordered the start of Russia’s military pullout from Syria, expressing hope that the withdrawal could help peace negotiation on the fate of the Arab country advance.

However, the Russian president said Thursday that his country will remain engaged in the fight against terrorism in Syria, adding that Moscow will be ready to provide military and intelligence support to Damascus.

“If needed, Russia can boost its air group in the region in literally a few hours to a size corresponding with the situation and use the whole arsenal of our opportunities,” Putin said in a ceremony held in Moscow to award Russian servicemen for their role in the Syria campaign.

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