Russia Defense Ministry deny reports of changing troops Commander in Syria
(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) MOSCOW, Feb 21 (KUNA) -- Russia's Defense Ministry denied reports on Wednesday about the commander of the Russian troops in Syria being replaced, describing the reports as fake news.
According to the ministry's statement, rumors spread through anonymous Telegram accounts "triggered fake reports about the commander of the Russian troops in Syria being allegedly replaced." The document added "commanders of the Russian troops in Syria change every six months in accordance with a plan adopted by the Defense Ministry." "No change of this kind has taken place or is expected to happen," the statement added.
Zhuravlev assumed his duties in November 2017. According to the Defense Ministry, he "has been a competent commander, effectively solving all tasks set before his troops." Earlier, a number of media outlets reported that Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Force Colonel General Sergei Surovikin may replace Colonel General Alexander Zhuravlev as commander of the Russian troops in Syria. (end) as.mb
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