#SyrianWar: Russian army wiped out well-equipped terrorist groups in Syria to prevent major threats on our outer boundaries — Putin

Kremlin urges not to make negative predictions about Russian-Turkish ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that the Russian military group has rooted out well-equipped terrorist groups in Syria and prevented major threats to Russia on its outer boundaries. TASS reported.

Thanking all military troops who fought in Syria for their service, Russian leaders said “they have wiped out large, well-equipped terrorist groups, prevented major threats to our Motherland on distant frontiers and helped the people of Syria preserve the country’s sovereignty.”

Putin speaking at a gala concert on Defender of the Fatherland Day said: “Nowadays, Russia’s security is in reliable hands, since our officers and soldiers persistently and consistently study their military techniques at a new level, building up their combat skills with the help of strategic exercises, drills and forced marches.”
They unhesitatingly showed their high professionalism and combat capabilities, their moral fiber and best features during the operation in the Syrian Arab Republic, Putin stressed.

Defender of the Fatherland Day marked in Russia on February 23 was introduced in 1922 as an anniversary of the Red Army’s establishment and until 1993 was called Day of the Soviet Army and Navy.

Meanwhile,  Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday in a televised interview with Moscow;' The Kremlin. Putin program on Rossiya’1 channel that no negative predictions should be made about the development of Russian-Turkish relations amid a recent escalation in the Syrian region of Idlib. Tass reported.

When asked whether the Russian-Turkish relationship could worsen due to the situation in Syria, Peskov said, "Certainly, we would not like to plunge into this gloomy mood and in fact to make extremely negative scenarios, but the week has really happened to be absolutely restless."

Peskov pointed out that the situation in Idlib is still tense.

"You know that this week the president [Russian President Vladimir Putin - TASS] has been focusing his attention on the situation in Syria and, in particular, on the Idlib crisis," the Kremlin spokesman added.

The situation in Idlib deteriorated dramatically in early February after Russian and Turkish militaries’ another attempt to enforce a ceasefire was met by terrorists stepping up their attacks. As a result, military specialists from Russia and Turkey were killed.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Ankara’s readiness to use combat power in case of a military operation in Idlib.

Erdogan stated that the beginning of a new military operation in Idlib was "just a matter of time," as all the preparations for the operation had been completed.

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