Sands: the Russian Federation maintains a separate force of “free Syrian army” in their attack on ISIS

Sands: the Russian Federation maintains a separate force of “free Syrian army” in their attack on ISIS


MOSCOW, December 14. The Russian army maintains some of the free Syrian army, which led an offensive against the “Islamic state” (IG – is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation), reported the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

“Indeed, some of the “Free Syrian army” take part in offensive action against ISIL (formerly ISIS) and other extremist groups, he said. And these offensive actions are also supported by the Russian Armed Forces”.

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A Kremlin spokesman was asked to address questions about the details of this cooperation, including on tactics, military structures of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, the chief of the General staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov said that the troops of the “free Syrian army” (FSA) of over 5 thousand people are currently on the offensive in the provinces of HOMS, Hama, Aleppo and raqqa.

“The number of such units of the SAA is growing. Only for their support of the Russian aviation applied 30-40 daily air strikes. Also assisted with weapons, ammunition and material resources”, – said Gerasimov at a meeting with representatives military-diplomatic corps.

“I have nothing to add to the words of the chief of the General staff”, – said Peskov told reporters when asked to comment on the words of the head of the General staff in terms of using weapons.

The rapprochement of the RF and the USA on settlement in Syria

In the Kremlin still consider it impossible to talk about a rapprochement between Russia and the USA on settlement in Syria.

“On the approximation (positions) work is carried out, contacts are underway, but so far to state the actual convergence is hardly possible”, – told reporters Dmitry Peskov.