During a tour of the besieged city of Aleppo, Thierry Mariana argued what was being portrayed by the media and the situation in the city were two very different events – and pledged to convey what he believed was the real message to the French people.
The French Les Republicains politician said on an official visit to the Syrian city: “If the Russian army wasn’t here for a few months, Syria could fallen into the hands of terrorists.
“Fortunately, Russians came here, and this changed the direction of the war.”
The conservative politician added the battle for Aleppo marked a turning point in the fight against terrorism but that the war was not over.
The 58-year-old added: “The war hasn’t finished, but I think it’s important that the Russians stay here until the end of the war.”
Mr Mariani part of a French delegation sent to the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.
During the tour, the gaggle of French politicians visited the 13th-century Citadel of Aleppo and the historic Umayyad Mosque.
Hussein Diab, governor of Aleppo, told the French parliamentarians that plans had been laid to “restore everything that was destroyed by the hands of terrorists”.
Russia has been widely criticised by Western politicians for its support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who has been accused of using chemical weapons and cluster bombs against his own people.
Boris Johnson claimed Vladimir Putin and his forces should be investigated for war crimes for supporting Syrian despot Assad.
The Foreign Secretary said: “If Russia continues on its current path I believe that this great country is in danger of becoming a pariah nation, and if president Putin’s strategy is to restore the greatness and the glory of Russia, then I believe he risks his ambition turning to ashes in the face of international contempt for what is happening in Syria.”
Despite Mr Johnson’s desperate pleas, the Kremlin and Assad’s forces managed force rebel and terrorists forces out of Aleppo and wrestle back control of the city.