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Putin defends Russia’s military assistance to Syria

Putin defends Russia’s military assistance to Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday strongly defended Moscow’s military assistance to the Syrian government, saying it’s impossible to defeat the Islamic State group without cooperating with Damascus.

Putin’s statement comes amid the signs of an ongoing Russian military buildup in Syria, which the U.S. says signals Moscow’s intention to set up an air base there.

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