The Kremlin sees no reason to claim that Russia risks “bogged down” in Syria. This was stated press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
“To get bogged down — don’t get caught up… there Is a specific task, specific work is being done, and there are already concrete results. Line [Russia] consistent, comprehensible and transparent,” he said (quoted by “Interfax”).
Earlier Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama during a press conference at the summit of the US — ASEAN in California said that Russia may get bogged down in Syria, as in “the swamp”. “Putin may think that he is willing to put in the permanent occupation of Syria, but it will be very expensive. If you look at the state of the Russian economy, this is obviously not a good idea for Russia,” Obama said.
According to the American President, Russia has made a strategic mistake, deciding to support President Bashar al-Assad, as Syria may be “swamp”, which have to invest billions from the Russian budget. “Putin may think that he is willing to put in the permanent occupation of Syria, but it will be very expensive. If you look at the state of the Russian economy, this is obviously not a good idea for Russia,” Obama said.
According to the President of the United States to support Syria destroyed the Russian authorities will have “to constantly spend billions of dollars”. Obama also expressed the opinion that if Russia “will continue indiscriminate bombing, like those that we observed,” the rebels will not go into the adoption of an agreement on a ceasefire.
“About three quarters of the country still controlled by Assad, and others. I say this, by the way, without pleasure. This is not a competition between me and Putin,” Obama said. The US President also stressed that the participation of Russian aircraft in airstrikes in Syria may serve as a Testament to the weakness of the Syrian regime and that Putin would be correct to facilitate a political transition in Syria.
The Russian government and military have repeatedly stated that the aim of the airstrikes in Syria become purely terrorist purposes — in particular ISIL (“Islamic state”, the organization banned in Russia). In response to the announcement of the civilian casualties of the foreign Ministry and the defense Ministry demanded proof.
In early February, government troops launched an offensive in Aleppo province in Northern Syria. The army of Bashar al-Assad managed to capture the city Baden and Retian, closer to 25 km to the border with Turkey, as well as to cut an important artery. In her opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad “Free Syrian army” and its supporting organization “Frente al-Nusra” (banned in Russia) received weapons and ammunition.
On 12 February, the participants of the International support group Syria have reached an agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. About it, after four hours of negotiations announced by the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry at a joint press conference with the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura. It is expected that it will be implemented during the week and will not apply to the terrorist group ISIL and “Frente al-Nusra”.