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MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. In Syria on the side of the militants fighting about four thousand immigrants from Russia. Such data Russian President Vladimir Putin gave at the meeting with the officers of the Northern fleet who distinguished themselves while performing service-combat tasks in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of the Syrian Arab Republic.
“For us not least the fact that, unfortunately, Syria has accumulated a huge number of fighters from the republics of the former USSR and from Russia, – he said. – According to our preliminary data, in the thousands: according to the General staff of the GRU and our other special services, the FSB, for example, up to about four thousand Russian and thousand five republics of the former Soviet Union.”