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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Kremlin presidential guards regiment at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool


SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The situation in Syria remains complicated, but Russia hopes that its cooperation with the United States will lead to fundamental changes in this country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

Putin, meeting his top generals in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, said Russian air forces had made more than 10,000 sorties since the start of Moscow's military campaign in Syria last year.

Strategic bombers have flown on 178 sorties to Syria, and a total of 115 cruise missiles have been launched to hit targets in the country from Russian warships, submarines and strategic bombers, Putin said.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Polina Devitt)


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