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Published in Press Stream:
October 5, 2015

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Published in Stream:
October 5, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russian Speaker of Parliament Denies Ground Troops Will Take Part in Syria Operation
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Stream: October 5, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
US Says Russia Sending Ground Troops Readying For Offensive In Syria

Despite claims from US officials (see previous update below), Russian speaker of parliament Valentina Matvienko said Russia would not take part in ground operations in Syria, Interfax reported (translation by The Interpreter):

"We are not planning to take part and we will not take part in any ground operations; therefore we will not be dragged into resolving the internal Syrian conflict for a long time.

She emphasized that the Russian air strikes in Syria were to support the actions of the regular Syrian Army against terrorists, noting that ISIS is a threat to the entire world and Russian national security in particular.

As we've been reporting, ISIS has not been Russia's primary target in Syria.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick