Initially, the Agency Reuters with reference to the representative of the Central command of the anti-terrorist coalition in Syria of Colonel Patrick Ryder said that the U.S. did not fix Russian airstrikes in Syria, including on the outskirts of Palmyra. According to him, it was only about the support of the government army using artillery.
Later, however, Ryder said the Agency Reuters that his report relates only to Northern Syria, while at Palmyra a certain number of strikes was recorded. The rider indicated that it was a question about Palmyra.
The chief of the main operations Directorate of the General staff Sergey rudskoy earlier Friday, said “RIA Novosti” that the Russian space forces continue to inflict strikes on the positions of the Islamic state and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (the organization is also prohibited in Russia). “I want to emphasize that aerospace defence forces of Russia will continue its strikes against terrorist groups the Islamic state and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” in Syria”, he said.
About the Russian HQs have informed on Friday the Iranian news Agency Fars. According to him, the Russian aircraft attacked the positions of the “Islamic state” in the region of Palmyra.
At the meeting with the military after the withdrawal of the main part of the Russian troops from Syria, President Vladimir Putin expressed hope for the early release of Palmyra, which he called “the pearl of the world civilization”. Currently soldiers of the government army and the movement “Hezbollah” took the hills near the city and partially occupied the North-Western outskirts.