Russia is largely defending Syria as a State; much more than President Bashar Al-Assad, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
Russia wishes not to see Syria transforming "into Somalia or Afghanistan," Putin said during deliberation on sidelines of an economic forum held in Saint Petersburgh.
Putin also argued that Moscow's intervention in the troubled country was aimed at preventing comeback of terrorists to Russia.
He accused other states of meddling in Syria's internal affairs saying that this intervention escalated the civil war.
The Russian leader claimed anew that opposition gunmen used chemical weapons in order to frame the Damascus regime.
Putin has staunchly supported the Syrian government in the face of armed opposition groups.
Moscow has expanded its bases in northern Syria and deployed formidable anti-aircraft missile networks on the Syrian territories.
Source: NAM News Network