Putin made the comments in a TASS interview in which the Russian news agency began releasing extracts of in instalments on Feb. 20. Monday's comments were included in the sixth such instalment.
The publication of the remarks came amid rising tensions in Syria's Idlib region where Russia is backing Syrian regime forces against Turkey.
Earlier Sunday, the Assad regime said northwestern airspace was closed and any aircraft or drone that entered “will be treated as hostile and shot down.”
The Syrian regime's announcement followed two days of Turkish drone strikes in Idlib province. Turkey has lost 54 soldiers in February, including 33 killed Thursday in a single airstrike.
Following Thursday's attack, Turkey launched Operation Spring Shield to put an end to regime massacres and to prevent radicalization and migration, according to Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continued to pound regime targets Sunday, destroying tanks and armored vehicles and killing more than 50 regime soldiers.
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