April 27, 2016 / 12:52 PM / 3 years ago

Russia's forces in Syria enough to safeguard ceasefire, fight rebels: Ifax

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 front-line bomber is seen on a runway shortly before taking off, part of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, at Hmeymim airbase, Syria, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Russian Ministry of Defence/Vadim Grishankin/Handout via Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia holds enough forces at its Hmeymim air base in Syria to safeguard the ceasefire and assist Syrian government forces in fighting rebels from Islamic State and the Nusra Front, General Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian Defence Ministry official, Interfax news agency quoted him as saying on Wednesday.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov

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