KREMLIN PROVIDES WEAPONS TO SYRIAN OPPOSITION GROUP
MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia has provided air cover, weapons and supplies to the Free Syrian Army, a leading Western- backed opposition group in Syria.
If confirmed, it will represent a major policy shift for Moscow. Putin also called for closer co- ordination between Russia and the U.S .- allied coalition, a statement that may reflect Moscow’s desire to narrow differences with the West over the Syrian crisis.
At the same time, Putin vowed to further modernize Russia’s military and said its forces in Syria will“immediately destroy” any target threatening them, a strong warning to Turkey following its downing of a Russian warplane at the Syrian border.