Putin does not rule out Russian strikes in Syria

US President Barack Obama and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands ahead of a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New YorkPresident Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia had not ruled out air strikes in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s forces in their battle against jihadist rebels. As for ground forces, Putin said they would not be used. “We are thinking about how to additionally help the Syrian army,” he said, after meeting US President Barack Obama.

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