Russia offers to send ground troops to Syria’s Aleppo
It would be the first deployment of Russian military personnel outside its military base on the Syrian coast.
Beirut: Russia has put forth the unprecedented suggestion of deploying ground troops in Syria for the first time since the Russian Air Force joined the Syrian war last September in an effort to bolster its ally Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.
The offer, submitted to the UN for approval, would be the first deployment of Russian military personnel outside the Hmaymeem military base on the Syrian coast.
The troops would be used to support government troops currently fighting in Aleppo, but it is not clear how many Russian boots would be sent.
Their main focus would be to man military checkpoints, surveillance centres and intelligence units on the Castello Road at the entrance of the ancient city.
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WNU Editor: I doubt that sending Russian soldiers to Aleppo will change the situation on the ground .... but this will be a major escalation. There are also limits to Russian military power .... Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power (Reuters)