Kremlin: Russian forces in Syria able to repel militants’ attacks
Russian forces remaining in Syria are strong enough to repel militants’ attacks, but more intensive political settlement efforts are required, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"The remaining contingent and military infrastructure at Hmeymim and Tartus have the necessary capabilities to counter sporadic terrorist hit-and-run raids, which will regrettably continue. This merely emphasizes the need for stepping up political settlement efforts," the spokesperson said.
Peskov recalled that in making the decision to pull out its military personnel from Syria "Russia proceeded from the assumption there are no grounds for conducting major offensive operations."
"Everybody, including the president, were aware that terrorists’ attacks would not come to an end overnight, but will continue," TASS cited him as saying.