Shoigu: breakup of Syria prevented by Russia

Shoigu: breakup of Syria prevented by Russia

Russian military's performance in Syria prevented the breakup of the Syrian state, Russia's Defense minister Sergei Shoigu said today.

"The breakup of the Syrian state has been prevented, a civil war has been practically stopped," Interfax cited Shoigu as saying.

The minister said the military's special forces have performed well in the conflict, targeting the militant leaders and helping pinpoint targets.

"Special operations forces have demonstrated their high efficiency. They have played a key role in liquidating the terrorists, destroying critically important enemy facilities and directing airstrikes," Shoigu added.