Russian defense Ministry said about the unwillingness of Washington to broad cooperation on Syria


BEIJING, October 17. Russia offers U.S. wider cooperation on Syria, but Washington is not ready yet. This was reported on Saturday, Deputy defense Minister Anatoly Antonov at the VI Senanikom the security forum.

“We are interested in cooperation with all countries without exception. Established a hotline with Turkey. Held consultations with Israel, more active relations with the Gulf States. Negotiating with us partners to conclude agreements on security of flights over Syria. But this is not enough. We offer a much broader interaction, to which Washington is not yet ready”, – said Antonov.

He also noted that within the framework of cooperation with countries in the middle East in Baghdad established a joint Information center, which is coordination between staffs of the armed forces of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia.

“Constantly coordinating our actions with the Syrian army. All of our punches – point, calibrated and focused solely on the infrastructure of the “Islamic state”. Not on any other military or civilian targets, and the more built-up areas or mosques, as is regularly served some Western media, we blows not apply,” – said Antonov.

From 30 September the Russian air strikes surgical strikes against the “Islamic state” in Syria, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The structure of the group of Air and space forces at the airbase Hamim included more than 50 aircraft and helicopters.

In addition, last week a strike by the IG missile ships of the Caspian fleet, which used a winged long-range missiles “Caliber”

Distribution in Europe, Russia, Central and Southeast Asia

IG increases expansion, arguing about the plans of distribution for Europe, Russia, Central and Southeast Asia.

According to him, “today is the extremist quasi-state has a stable source of income and a well-equipped army. Islamic state extends its expansion, stating that their plans to spread their activities in Europe, Russia, and Central and Southeast Asia,” said Antonov.

He reminded that dealing with the terrorist group the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a summit of the UN General Assembly put forward a comprehensive program of action.

“It is proposed the creation of a broad international anti-terrorist coalition that could unite within its ranks the different forces on the basis of common values and international law, guided by the principles of the UN Charter,” – said Antonov.

He noted that in this regard important strategy of political stabilization and economic revival of the Middle East and North Africa. “Without the restoration of the statehood, strengthening of institutions of government radically to change the situation. However, you should act without imposing their approaches, and with respect to national culture and history of the States of the region,” said Antonov.

Help Syria

Antonov said that Russia could not respond to the call for military assistance from the government of Syria.

“We could not respond to the call for help from the government of a friendly Syria, which carries the heavy burden of fight against ISIL militants. The leadership of the Russian Federation adopted the decision on providing military and military-technical assistance to the country,” said Antonov.

He noted that Russia’s participation in anti-terrorist operations in Syria are conducted in strict accordance with international law.

According to Antonov, the defense Ministry works in Syria “transparently and regularly provides objective information about involved forces and means, on the results of the strikes”, and do it daily.

From 30 September the Russian air force strikes on targets of terrorists in Syria. In the grouping of Air and space forces in this country have entered over 50 aircraft and helicopters. In addition, the targeting of missile ships of the Caspian flotilla.

Washington is not ready for wide-scale interaction

Antonov also said that Russia offers U.S. wider cooperation on Syria, but Washington is not ready yet.

“We are interested in cooperation with all countries without exception. Established a hotline with Turkey. Held consultations with Israel, more active relations with the Gulf States. Negotiating with us partners to conclude agreements on security of flights over Syria. But this is not enough. We offer a much broader interaction, to which Washington is not yet ready”, – said Antonov.

He also noted that within the framework of cooperation with countries in the middle East in Baghdad established a joint Information center, which is coordination between staffs of the armed forces of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia.

“Constantly coordinating our actions with the Syrian army. All of our punches – point, calibrated and focused solely on the infrastructure of the “Islamic state”. Not on any other military or civilian targets, and the more built-up areas or mosques, as is regularly served some Western media, we blows not apply,” – said Antonov.

From 30 September the Russian air strikes surgical strikes against the “Islamic state” in Syria, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The structure of the group of Air and space forces at the airbase Hamim included more than 50 aircraft and helicopters.

In addition, last week a strike by the IG missile ships of the Caspian fleet, which used a winged long-range missiles “Calibre”.

The causes of war in the middle East

According to Antonov, the chaos in the middle East is a direct consequence of the “color revolutions” and attempts to impose on the States in the region someone else’s will.

“The chaos that we see today in the middle East is a direct consequence of the color revolutions, interfering in the Affairs of sovereign States, attempts to impose its will. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated a firm position on the inadmissibility of solving internal political problems of States by outside interference, including coups d’├ętat, unconstitutional actions and illegal displacement of legitimate authorities”, – said Antonov.

According to the Deputy Minister, it is obvious that such actions lead to tragic consequences.

“The implementation of “colored” scenario in Ukraine led to irreparable events in the brotherly country, which killed thousands of civilians. The Russia Ukraine share a common history, centuries-old friendship and cooperation, as no one else is interested in the soonest restoration of peace and stability there”, – said Antonov.

He also noted that interference in the internal Affairs of sovereign States, including the promotion of radical forces, not only destabilize individual countries and regions, but also increases the potential for conflict around the world, intensify international terrorist organization.

“The vacuum that is formed due to the erosion of state power, immediately begins to fill with extremists and terrorists… Terrorism is the magnet that attracts thugs of all kinds who wander from state to state. They have no homeland, no honor, no dignity,” – said the Deputy Minister.

He stressed that “immunity from this global evil, has no country in the world from the atrocities of terrorists today are suffering for millions of people.” “We must work together to defeat this evil,” said Antonov.

Expansion in Asia

According to Antonov, the territory of Afghanistan may be used by the group “Islamic state” for further expansion in the CIS Central Asian republics and in the direction of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region of China.

According to him, one of the sharpest problems is the instability in Afghanistan, where “in recent years, there has been increased terrorist activity groups, related to the “Islamic state”.

“The territory of Afghanistan may be used by grouping (IG) for further expansion in the CIS Central Asian republics and in the direction of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region of China”, – said Antonov.

50 thousand fighters

Antonov also said that about 50 thousand fighters, combined more than 4 thousands of units and groups of various kinds, there are in Afghanistan.

“Given the withdrawal of the International security assistance force, remains the issue of the capacity of Kabul to independently counter this threat, especially that currently in this country there are up to 50 thousand members United in more than 4 thousands of units and groups of different orientation”,- he said.

The Deputy Minister stressed that Russia intends to continue to provide all possible assistance to the Afghan government in bilateral format and in cooperation with partners in the SCO and the CSTO to achieve national reconciliation and economic recovery of this country.

“October 7-8 in Moscow, the Russian defense Ministry held an international conference on Afghanistan, in which took part representatives of the countries-SCO members, observers and dialogue partners, as well as neighbouring States. This format allowed us to jointly assess the current situation in Afghanistan and discuss the possible contribution of military agencies in the settlement of the situation”, – reminded the Deputy Minister.