The U.S. government does not really want to cooperate with Russia on Syria, although it would prevent terrorist attacks, as in Palmyra. Such opinion expressed press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
“Such cooperation [Russian and US] would allow us all to effectively prevent such attacks from terrorists”, — said the press Secretary of the President (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
He stated that, in the last few days has developed around this city, again shows the danger of the “Islamic state” (declared a terrorist organization and prohibited in Russia).
“What is happening around Palmyra, once again demonstrates the seriousness of the threat that comes from ISIL. We regret that we have not yet obtained completely neutralize such active offensive actions,” — said Peskov.
At the same time, he assured that Moscow will continue to resist international terrorism and to help the Syrian army in its fight against militants.
On December 11, the Governor of HOMS province, where is Palmyra, Talal Barazi said that the terrorists managed to occupy the city. The Syrian army, according to him, retreated to the outskirts of Palmyra. This is also pointed out by the Russian centre for reconciliation in Syria, stressing that the militants in the attack suffered heavy losses.
The former chief of the General staff of the Russian armed forces army General Yury Baluyevsky said that the terrorist seizure of Palmyra associated with failures in military operation planning. He expressed the opinion that the militants managed to regroup due to the ongoing humanitarian pauses.
“The fact that the militants will not stop, it was clear. And what we’re doing today, I, as the military is difficult to understand, that these pauses Humanities in particular,” — said Baluyevsky.