Ivanov: a ground operation against terrorists in Syria must hold Assad’s army

SOCHI, October 22. The head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov said that a ground operation against terrorists in Syria should be done within the army of President Bashar al-Assad. According to him, this element of struggle is necessary.

“It must be the Syrian army, Kurdish militias, and it all depends on the degree of interaction. Because without operations on the ground, no matter how much bomb, success will not succeed”, – he told journalists.

According to the head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation, Russia is well aware that only a military solution to the situation in Syria to normalize impossible.

“Understand that ultimately in Syria must be followed by a political settlement. Only military solution to the situation in Syria to lead to normal will not succeed. We need some political processes involving, primarily, the multinational of the Syrian people and leading foreign players”, – told reporters the representative of the Kremlin.

On the upcoming meeting of Lavrov and Kerry

Sergei Ivanov hopes that the talks with Kerry will be a step towards the creation of a coalition against terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG – is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation).

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“I hope that tomorrow’s talks (foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov and Kerry will serve as a further step in this direction (creation of the coalition against IG),” – said the representative of the Kremlin to journalists.

According to him, Russia has long looked forward to the formation of a coalition to combat ISIS in Syria, it should be done jointly with the countries of the region, the U.S. and Europe.

Russia’s actions in Syria

The aerospace forces of the Russian Federation from September 30 to cause pinpoint strikes on targets of terrorist groups in Syria, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the country were deployed in more than 50 Russian aircraft and helicopters. In addition, October 7, militants attacked the missile ships of the Caspian flotilla, using cruise missiles “Calibre”. To participate in ground operations in Syria Russia has no plans.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).