Russian Troops On The Israeli - Syrian Border?

Putin Offers Russian Troops as Golan Peacekeepers -- New York Times

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia volunteered his country’s troops as replacements on Friday for the Austrian members of a United Nations peacekeeping force who are vacating the disputed Golan Heights area along the Israel-Syria border, where violence from the Syrian civil war has intensified.

“Given the complicated situation in Golan Heights we could replace the Austrian contingent leaving this region, on the disengagement line between Israeli troops and the Syrian armed forces,” Mr. Putin was quoted as telling newly appointed Russian officers in remarks in Moscow carried by the Interfax news agency. “But this will happen, of course, only if the regional powers show interest, and if the U.N. secretary general asks us to do so.”

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Update: Putin: Russia ready to replace Austrian peacekeepers in Golan Heights -- Haaretz/Reuters

My Comment: The UN has just nixed this idea.

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