Putin: No Russian ground operations in Syria 'right now'

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad talk during a meeting at the Kremlin, December 19, 2006 in MoscowRussia’s President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Moscow does not plan ground operations in Syria “right now” but will intensify its support for Bashar al-Assad. The Russian leader was speaking on CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” on the eve of a much-anticipated speech to the UN General Assembly in which he is expected to defend the Syrian strongman. Moscow has recently reinforced its military presence in Syria, deploying tanks and attack jets and sparking reports that it plans strikes against the Islamic State or other rebel groups.

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