December 11, 2015 / 10:40 AM / 4 years ago

Putin orders military to be 'extremely tough' to protect Russian forces in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the audience during an annual meeting at the Defence Ministry in Moscow, Russia, December 11, 2015. REUTERS/ Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered Russia’s armed forces to act in an “extremely tough way” in Syria to protect Russian forces striking Islamic State targets there.

“Any targets threatening our (military) group or land infrastructure must be immediately destroyed,” Putin said, speaking at a Defence Ministry event.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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