Last Updated: Tue Jun 19, 2012 21:07 pm (KSA) 18:07 pm (GMT)

Syria, Russia deny report of large-scale joint military exercise

Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, describing the report as “false.”  (File photo)
Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, describing the report as “false.” (File photo)

Syria and Russia on Tuesday denied a report by the Iranian Fars news agency that Russian, Chinese, Syrian, and Iranian troops would conduct large-scale joint military exercises in Syria within the next several weeks.

Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, describing the report as “false.”

“There will be nothing of the sort. This is another false report
being spread about us,” Shaaban said.

The Russian Defense Ministry called such reports “disinformation.”

Al Arabiya had carried out the report published the Iranian news agency, which is reportedly close the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

According to Fars, the drill would be the largest ever in the Middle East, with about 90,000 troops from ground, naval, and air forces participating.

The report also claimed that about 400 planes and 1,000 tanks, plus several Russian submarines, destroyers, and an aircraft carrier would be taking part in the exercises.

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