In the Kremlin do not refer to the statement of the Pentagon about a ground operation in Syria as its announcement

MOSCOW, October 27. In the Kremlin consider that the statement of the Pentagon about a possible military operation of the USA in Syria, the announcement.

“While you just need to deal with the details that you have in mind,” said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

He added that the statement of the Pentagon, which was made public in the media, the announcement of the operation is not.

Earlier, several media outlets reported that the U.S. is considering the idea of carrying out ground operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In particular, the media refer to the statement of the U.S. Secretary of defense Ashton Carter, made before the Senate Committee on armed services.

He noted that the U.S. should not refrain from supporting partners in the fight against ISIS in their attacks, including on earth.

Also media reported that in the near future may be decided on sending to Syria by American special forces.

About the meeting of Putin with Assad

The President’s press Secretary did not give a direct answer to the question, and discussed whether the presidents of Russia and Syria Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad during a meeting last week the interaction with the “Free Syrian army”.

“The issues of political settlement (discussed), and in the framework of a political settlement, of course, contacts with the widest range of those who has no relation to terrorism and extremism was certainly on the agenda”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.

Previously Peskov declined to comment on the fact of negotiations of the representatives of the so-called “Free Syrian army” in Russia. “I would, frankly, prefer to leave it to colleagues from the Foreign Ministry this subject,” said the spokesman.

Answering the question of how the Russian President refers to the “Free Syrian army”, a Kremlin spokesman said that “it has been said repeatedly that there are certain problems with the identification of so-called “moderate opposition”.

“There is a lack of interaction with our colleagues in terms of really identifying the moderates who could help in countering terrorist and extremist organizations in Syria,” stated Sands.

In the Kremlin also prefer not to comment on the initiative of the Ministry of defense of Russia, who has invited military attaches from other countries to substantiate the accusations against the Russian side in attacks on civilian targets in Syria. “It is necessary to ask the Ministry of defence,” – said Peskov.


“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).