Russian PM Medvedev warns against foreign ground action in Syria
Feb 12, Munich: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned other nations against committing their troops to a ground action in Syria, saying it would only exacerbate the conflict.
Speaking in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt, Medvedev said "a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war." The text of was released by his office on Friday.
Commenting on a Saudi proposal to send troops to Syria and the possibility of U.S. involvement in ground action, Medvedev said there wouldn't be a quick victory, rather a "permanent war." He reaffirmed that Russia, which has conducted air campaign in Syria since Sept. 30, has no intention to engage in ground action The Associated Press reports.
Medvedev said the conflict must be resolved through talks, not by opening another front in the war.
The Oslo Times