The Kremlin said in a brief statement today morning that Putin sent a request to the Russia’s upper chamber for the authorization of the use of force in Syria “on the basis of universal principles and norms of global law”.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the information on the air strikes was preliminary and declined to give any details, including on the number of strikes or the aircraft used.
Now that both countries appear to be working on a forward plan for Syria, the Pentagon said that communications with Russian is to avoid accidents and miscalculations between the US-led coalition and the Russian military, which aims to bolster Syrian army.
Ostracised by the West over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for a separatist insurgency in east Ukraine, Putin also pulled off a major coup by holding talks with US President Barack Obama, their first formal bilateral in two years.
Russia’s parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, Russian media reported Wednesday.
Russian Federation has been a long term supporter of Syria and a major supplier of military equipment to the country, ignoring US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warnings against it.
The Kremlin’s chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said Assad had “appealed to the leadership of our country with a request for military aid”.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – The office of Syrian President Bashar Assad is welcoming Russia’s decision to send troops to Syria, saying the military support came at the request of Damascus.
A USA defense said the strikes hit near Homs – Syria’s largest provinces that borders Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
The Federation Council discussed Mr Putin’s request for the authorisation behind the closed doors on Wednesday.
Consent was necessary for deployment of troops for foreign combat missions under the Russian constitution.
It also happened just days after President Putin called for an worldwide anti-terrorist effort in Syria that would include the government of President Assad at the UN General Assembly.
Russian lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to allow Putin to order airstrikes in Syria, where Russia has deployed fighter jets and other weapons in recent weeks.