Russia may send Syria additional weapons, including artillery, for the protection of its troops, told RIA Novosti the head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov.
Earlier, Fox News channel reported shipment by Russia to Syria of the order of 20 M-30 howitzers. Such tools already consist on arms of the Syrian army and is in storage in Russia.
“I don’t see any reason to worry about our Western colleagues. Russia is in Syria the fight against terrorism, to fight with anyone not going, and if there is a need to strengthen our artillery units for the protection of places of a dislocation of our troops, there is nothing criminal,” — said Ozerov.
He recalled that the Federation Council to the President consent to the use of troops in Syria the number and types of weapons are not specified, so the increase in their number may occur without the approval of the senators.
Russia, 30 September 2015 at the request of President Bashar al-Assad began airstrikes on terrorist targets in that country.
With this support, Damascus was able to turn the tide and go on the offensive in key areas. In March 2016, Vladimir Putin has decided to withdraw most of the Russian group videoconferencing from Syria after the successful completion of the task.