Russia’s medium-term plans in Syria include improving capability of the Syrian armed forces which would allow to relocate Russian troops in the country to the existing Russian bases, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
“We aim to establish a process a political settlement (in Syria) between all the sides involved,” Putin also said during a question and answer session with citizens.
He said that after boosting the capability of the Syrian military, Russia’s aviation will continue helping it where necessary.
Putin also said Russia’s military industrial complex had benefited greatly from testing its latest weapons in Syria.
Combined with this, the experience acquired by the Russian army in Syria, is “priceless”, he said.
“It has done enormous good for our defense industry,” he said, adding “the use of cutting-edge weapons has allowed us to understand how they work under combat conditions and to make required adjustments in the quality of these advanced weapons systems. But we knew for sure they are good weapons.”