Russian Ambassador to United States: operation in Syria contributes to stability in the middle East

Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov

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WASHINGTON, February 23. /TASS/. Russia’s military operation in Syria, contributing greatly to the stabilization of the situation in the middle East as a whole. This was stated on Thursday, Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov.

Speaking at a meeting in the Embassy gala night dedicated to defender of the Fatherland Day, he stressed that “Russia’s Armed forces with honor continue fighting traditions of previous generations”. “A high readiness, professionalism, courage and determination of our soldiers during operation to destroy the terrorists in Syria. The defeat of the main forces of ISIS (the banned terrorist group “Islamic state” – approx. TASS) contribute to the peace process in the country and had a significant impact on stabilizing the situation in the middle East,” the diplomat said.

However, he assured that “Russia is a peaceful state that does not threaten anyone and does not act from a position of strength”. “The combat capability of our army is not only a guarantee of national security and creative development of Russia, but also serves as an important factor of global stability. This idea was repeatedly emphasized by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” – continued the Ambassador.

Russia is not a supporter of the opposition

Antonov also said that the development of international military cooperation is required now more than ever.