Speaking at a session of the International discussion club “Valdai”, President Vladimir Putin lamented the fact that Russia is constantly criticized for the situation in Aleppo, Syria, the air strikes which is causing Russian aircraft supporting the offensive of the army of Bashar al-Assad.
Putin recalled that the Iraqi army supported by the United States leads an offensive on Mosul. According to him, there are terrorists killed about 200 people, trying to stop the advance of the Iraqi army. “Let’s not forget,” said the President of Russia.
As Putin said, in Aleppo need to destroy a nest of terrorists, while doing everything to avoid casualties among the civilian population. “If you don’t want anything to touch, you do not need to come in Mosul. Let’s all keep it that way,” said the head of state.
“We constantly hear from our partners: need to step on Raqqa, the need to destroy the nest of terrorism. But in raqqa, too, live a peaceful citizens”, — said Putin. According to him, the “egg terrorists on President Bashar al-Assad” began long before the Russian involvement in Syria.
Putin also reminded about the fact that civilians are dying not only in Aleppo but also in Yemen and Afghanistan, where, according to him, “one stroke aircraft destroyed entire wedding.” “In my opinion, the bells should ring for all these innocent victims,” he said.
In early October, the Syrian army with the support of the Russian space forces launched an offensive on the Eastern areas of Aleppo that are controlled by opponents of Bashar al-Assad and terrorist groups. In Moscow pointed out that the planes inflict pinpoint strikes to minimize casualties among the civilian population. However, the operation in Aleppo caused an outcry in the West. Human rights organizations claimed that during the fighting had destroyed the city’s hospital, and the civilians left without water. In Moscow, these accusations are rejected, calling their stuffing and provocations.
18 October, the Russian VKS in cooperation with the Syrian air force had ceased to strike in Aleppo. The defense Ministry stressed that the raids are not conducted so far.
The operation to liberate Mosul, seized by terrorists in the summer of 2014 began in mid-October. From the South to move Iraq’s armed forces from the North — the Kurdish Peshmerga. They were able to occupy a number of settlements closer to the border of Mosul. In Moscow said that during the raids on the city, civilians were killed. So, the defense Ministry noted that on 21 October, the US air force aircraft attacked a school for girls, October 22, massive air strikes were inflicted on residential areas in Karakose.
Yesterday, October 27, U.S. Secretary of defense Ashton Carter announced plans anti-terrorist coalition to launch an offensive in Raqqa, which is their capital called the militants “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization) before the end of the operation in Iraq’s Mosul. “The operation to liberate Raqqa and Mosul will take place at the same time, but it’s part of our plan, and we are ready for it,” said Carter.