MOSCOW, October 8. The defense Ministry drew attention to the information that the “free Syrian army” is ready to cooperation and joint discussion of the fight against the militants “Islamic state”, said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Igor Konashenkov.
“We drew attention to the readiness status of various forces, including the “Free Syrian army”, to cooperate and to discuss joint participation in the fight against ISIL”, he said. Konashenkov stressed that the Russian defense Ministry is open for contacts and ready to discuss any constructive proposals.
Defense Ministry spokesman also said that the appeals of the Russian defense Ministry to foreign colleagues to provide the coordinates of the objects of the IG remained unanswered. “We appeal: give the coordinates of the objects ISIL. But in response to silence or a refusal,” he said.
According to him, attempts to get the contacts of the moderate opposition has also not yielded results.
“Today, we fix a complete stupor. From what one can make a conclusion or moderate opposition is a Ghost, or do you only pretend to support it”, – said the representative of the Ministry of defense.
Joining efforts in the fight against terrorists
The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said yesterday that Russia is ready to establish contacts with the leadership of the “Syrian free army”, including in order to help unite its efforts against terrorists with the efforts of the government troops.
“In accordance with the position expressed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the Russian side is ready through the Ministry of defence to join forces with the army of Syria and the “Free Syrian army” in the fight against “Islamic state” and other terrorist groups, including in the context of coordination with the actions of the Russian aviation,” she said.
“On behalf of the President of the Russian MFA informs our partners in countries with ties to the “Syrian free army”, about the readiness of the Russian side to establish contacts with the leadership of this structure in order to discuss the possibility of its connection to the establishment of conditions for starting a process of political settlement of the Syrian crisis through talks between the Syrian government and the Patriotic opposition, the diplomat stressed. – The foreign Ministry will continue to liaise with the whole spectrum of the Syrian opposition to help it consolidate on this platform”, – said Zakharov.
What is the “Syrian free army”
“Free Syrian army” (FSA) was established in Turkey in July 2011 from the soldiers and officers who deserted from the ranks of the Syrian national armed forces and belonging to the Sunni denomination. It was headed by Colonel Riad al-Asaad.
Some estimates put the number of fighters the SAA has reached 150 thousand persons, of which up to 50 thousand included in various extremist Islamic groups. 22 September 2012, the FSA announced its decision to relocate from Turkey to areas of Syria under rebel control.
25 September 2013, some Islamist groups associated with “al-Qaeda”, came from the free Syrian army and called upon all opponents of President Bashar al-Assad to unite on the basis of Islam and Sharia guide. SSA began to wage war not only against government forces but also against Islamic militants.
Who’s who in the Syrian opposition. Dossier
The operation of the Russian space forces
Russia started the operation against militants grouping “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia) in Syria on 30 September, at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The aviation group consisted of over 50 aircraft and helicopters, including multipurpose fighter-bombers su-34, modernized bombers su-24M and su-25.
In addition, the positions of the militants was hit with cruise missiles from the sea.