February 15, 2016 / 7:08 AM / 2 years ago

Russian PM says military won't stay in Syria for ever

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview that Moscow does not plan to maintain its military presence in Syria indefinitely.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev answers a question from the audience at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 13, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/Pool

In an interview with Time magazine Medvedev was asked if Russia would help its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in his stated aim of restoring his control over all of Syria.

“We have no plans... for such a never-ending presence in Syria. We are there pursuing an entirely limited, concrete objective,” Medvedev said, according to a transcript of the interview released by the government.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Katya Golubkova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Maria Kiselyova

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