Technicians at Syria's Hmeimim airport where Russian aircraft are deployed. © Dmitriy Vinogradov / RIA Novosti
John C.K. Daly, UPI/The Arab Weekly: The real cost of Russia's Syrian campaign
March 6 (UPI) -- Russian military intervention in the Syrian conflict began in September 2015. Six months later, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the military operations there cost the country's Defense Ministry $483 million.
For Western observers, the most striking element of Russia's Syrian intervention was the deployment of a significant portion of Russia's naval assets there, its largest surface deployment since the Cold War. At a ceremony in the Northern Fleet's Severomorsk base honoring the return of the Russian sailors, Putin stated it was his idea to send Russian naval units to Syria.
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WNU Editor: In comparison to how much the U.S. has paid (and is paying) .... the cost for Russia has been incredibly "dirt cheap".