Russian Prime Minister: We Won't Stay in Syria Forever

In an interview with Time magazine, Medvedev says that Moscow is pursing a limited, concrete objective in the country.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 13, 2016.
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview that Moscow does not plan to maintain its military presence in Syria indefinitely.

In an interview with Time magazine Medvedev was asked if Russia would help its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his stated aim of restoring his control over all of Syria.

"We have no plans... for such a never-ending presence in Syria. We are there pursuing an entirely limited, concrete objective," Medvedev said, according to a transcript of the interview released by the government.