Published on Feb 5, 2016
Russia says Saudi Arabia’s proposed troop deployment in Syria could be regarded as a declaration of war. The head of the State Duma committee, Pavel Krasheninnikov, says Riyadh has to get official permission from the Syrian government before any military operation in the Arab country. But unlike Russia, the United States has welcomed the Saudi offer to send ground troops to Syria. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the offer will be discussed with his Saudi counterpart in Brussels next week. Saudi Arabia has announced it’s ready to join the so-called US-led coalition against Daesh. Damascus accuses Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar of funding and arming anti-Syria terrorist groups including Daesh.