MOSCOW, October 19. Start of operation of the RF armed forces in Syria was due to the situation with terrorism and not attempting alleged “switch” from the conflict in Ukraine. In an interview, said the head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov.
“The situation has become intolerable”, he replied to the question, why now the Russian Federation began operation in Syria. Ivanov stressed that “Russia in this case there is no foreign policy ambitions”.
The head of the Kremlin administration, in particular, reminded that in the ranks of the terrorist group “Islamic state” “fight thousands of natives of Russia and CIS countries”. “Supposed to wait until they will be trained and quietly go home?” – said the head of the Kremlin administration, speaking about the reasons for the start of the operation of the armed forces in Syria. According to him, Russian military involvement is intended “to make so that in Russia there was no one to go out ISIL (is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist group “Islamic state” – approx.), and all the fighters stayed in the land of Syria”.
Ivanov called “idle talk” assumptions that Russia is thus trying to divert attention from the situation in Ukraine. “I have already explained why we found it possible to respond to the request of the legitimate leadership of Syria to help him in the fight with terrorists of various stripes. Well, what hands, what about you?” – said the head of the Kremlin administration.
The full text of the interview is available on the website tass.ru
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Russian aircraft since September 30, strikes against the “Islamic state” in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the grouping of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation in this country includes more than 50 aircraft and helicopters, including the latest su-34 and su-30SM. To participate in ground operations in Syria Russia has no plans.