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Russian official told US embassy in Baghdad about Syria strikes – State Department
The Russian draft resolution also asked states combating extremist groups in the region to submit periodic reports to the Security Council on their activities. “They are not stupid”, the official said. “These strikes will continue”. But the narrow agreement to seek a mechanism to avoid accidental encounters between Russian and US-led forces could not disguise the deep divisions Moscow’s actions had revealed. It appears the strikes were directed against opposition groups fighting Assad, according to the official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the Russian airstrikes publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Trump told CNN Wednesday that he tends to believe Russia’s goal is to go after ISIS and that the USA shouldn’t strive to be the “policemen of the world”.
Coalition members say they are acting in collective self-defence at the request of neighboring Iraq. “They can not be trusted”.
US Secretary of State John Kerry told the council that the Russian warning was being ignored and that coalition flights and attacks had continued on Wednesday. Carter slammed that communication as unprofessional. He said there had been no operational-level discussion between Mr Obama and Mr Putin, but claimed the bombing operations revealed Russia’s concern about losing influence.
“For Russian forces to operate there legitimately… a law was needed”.
He promised that the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria would “dramatically accelerate our efforts”.
Matviyenko’s comments were echoed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, ITAR-Tass reported.
IHS Jane’s, a leading defense research group, said last week that satellite images of the base showed 28 jets, including Su-30 multirole fighters, Su-25 ground attack jets, Su-24 bombers and possibly Ka-52 helicopter gunships. “Today aircraft of Russia’s Aerospace Forces delivered pinpoint air strikes on eight facilities of the ISIL [former name of Islamic State] terrorist group on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic”.
Russian officials have said their military operations would be aimed at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). And he warned that Russia’s arrival in the bloody four-year-long civil war would “backfire” and only serve to prolong the conflict. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
“This military operation is limited in time”. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said they are there to engage against the Islamic State. “There will be no Russian boots on the ground”. France announced at the weekend that it had launched its first air strikes in Syria. But U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter suggested the strikes took place in areas where ISIL “is not present”, calling Russia’s actions “ill-advised” and saying Moscow’s approach was “doomed to failure”.
Ivanov said the motion comes after Moscow received a request from Assad asking for help. We see a few very sophisticated air-to-air aircraft going into these airfields. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. “They’re about something else”, he concluded.
The USA and its allies have insisted that President Assad should leave office, while Russian Federation has backed him remaining in power.