- Category: World News
- Published Friday, December 11, 2015
- CTV News
President Vladimir Putin says that Russian military action in Syria is aimed at protecting Russia from extremists based there.
He said Friday at a meeting with the top military brass that the extremists pose a "clear threat" to Russia.
Putin said the Russian military action helped change the situation in Syria, supporting the Syrian army offensive. He said that Russia was also helping some units of the opposition Free Syrian Army, which were fighting "terrorists" in Syria, providing air cover and supplying them with weapons.