The commander of the NATO forces in the European Union American General Philip Breedlove believes that Russia in the Syrian Arab Republic need the military bases, the influence as a global power, a distraction from Ukraine and the fight against the terrorist group " Islamic state ".
"Mr. Putin and Russia want to be considered equal on the world stage to be considered a world power. Mr Putin and Russia needs the ports and airfields of the Eastern Mediterranean ", - said Breedlove reporters at the Pentagon.
The President of the Russian Federation V. V. Putin first confirmed that the terms of the Russian operations in the Syrian Arab Republic will be limited offensive by the Syrian military, but Also excluded the possibility of using the armed forces in ground combat. According to Putin, the goal of the Russian Federation in the Syrian Arab Republic - "to defeat terrorism, to fight terror, to help the President Assad to triumph over terrorism and thereby make the rules" for " successful holding and completion of the political settlement process ".
According to Breedlove, Russia considers President of the Syrian Republic Assad as a man who can guarantee her military presence on these databases.
"Putin also wants to divert attention from the Ukraine and then to normalize the Donbass just as he normalized the Crimea. Also Mr. Putin wants to fight with the IG, he sees them as a danger, and the danger of Russia ", - said the American General, noting it's his personal opinion and not the opinion of NATO.