The commander of Russian ground forces in Syria, Colonel General Alexander Dvornikov, issued a public statement on Wednesday, confirming the large presence of Russian Special Forces inside the country after much speculation.
“These forces are tasked with directing the Syrian Air Force and advising the Syrian Arab Army during ground operations against terrorist groups,” the colonel general said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta Daily.
“I am not going to conceal the fact that our special operations forces are working in the territory of Syria. They are doing reconnaissance checks prior to the Russian air strikes; heading the planes to targets in remote regions as well as fulfilling other special tasks.”
The colonel general added that the U.S. Armed Forces and several other Anti-ISIS Coalition participants are doing the same inside Syria.
In addition to that, Russian military advisers are helping the Syrian authorities.
“These officers are helping their Syrian colleagues to plan and conduct the warfare against terrorists and learn to handle the Russian military hardware.”
“Russia has supplied advanced artillery systems, communication and reconnaissance equipment, and other technologies to the Syrian Armed Forces,” Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov added.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced that sufficient troops will be kept in Syria to monitor the implementation of the ongoing ceasefire and to secure the Russian military bases near the Syrian coast.