Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday his country's involvement in Syria is helping protect the world.
"We are not striving for any kind of leadership over Syria. Syria can have only one leader -- the Syrian people," Putin said at a Moscow investment forum, according to Reuters.
"We aim at making a contribution in the fight against terrorism, which is dangerous for the United States, for Russia and for the European countries, and for the whole world without exaggeration."
Russia surprised the world two weeks ago when it launched its first airstrikes in Syria.
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