The Russian military thwarted major threats to the country by defeating terrorists in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday at a gala concert on the occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day, according to Arab-observer news agency.
“Today, Russia’s security is in safe hands, as our officers and soldiers are persistently and consistently conducting combat training at a new level, building up their military skills during strategic exercises,” Putin said.
“They destroyed large well-equipped terrorist groups, prevented major threats to our country at a long range, and helped the Syrians to defend the sovereignty of the country,” he added.
The president also thanked all participants in the military operation in Syria for their service, saying that they showed their high professionalism and combat effectiveness during the operation.
Defender of the Fatherland Day is a Russian national holiday on Feb. 23 that celebrates people who are and were serving in the armed forces. Unofficially, it is also marked as Men’s Day in the country.