President Obama said yesterday that recent Russian actions in Syria could prevent the United States and other members of the U.S.-led coalition from getting to a political solution of Syria's civil war, the VOA (Voice of America) News website reports today (September 12, 2015).
Obama said the U.S. would be engaging Russia about its strategy of providing increased military support to the Assad government in Syria.
"If they are willing to work with us, the 60-nation coalition that we put together, then there is the possibility of a settlement in which [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] would be transitioned out and a new coalition of moderate secular and inclusive forces could come together and restore order in the country. That's our goal," he said.
A Pentagon official told VOA yesterday that Russia had sent 200 naval infantrymen to Syria, as well as modular housing for 1,500 troops. He added that Russia has also sent howitzers, a short-range guided missile controller, and a dozen armored vehicles to Syria.