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Syria conflict: Russia 'to continue Assad military aid'

September 15, 2015 6:12 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged continued military support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad despite growing concerns over Moscow’s role in the war.

Putin urged other countries to join Russia in sending military-technical assistance.

He said the flow of refugees to Europe would have been “even bigger” without Russian support for Syria’s government.

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But the White House said Russia’s support for President Assad was “counterproductive”.

The US would prefer to see more “constructive engagement” from Russia with the coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS), spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Moscow has been a key ally of Mr Assad throughout the bloody civil war, which began in 2011.

It says military equipment is being sent to Syria to help the government combat IS.

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