Moscow, SANA- The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation affirmed that Moscow is not planning in the current time to establish an air base in Syria but kept the door open to the possibility in the future.

Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Nikolay Bogdanovsky said in press statement on Wednesday that there are no such plans as of yet, but added that “anything might happen.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced last week that Russia is not boosting its military presence in Syria, noting that there are Russian experts working in Syria under agreements between the two states and their task is to train the Syrian military on the use of Russian equipment.

Russian Foreign Ministry clarified that if the need arises for such further steps, Russia will work on this track in full conformity with international law and Russia’s international obligations, adding that any steps related to this issue will not take place only at the request and with the consent of the Syrian government.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

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