The Kremlin: meagre external assistance from the US to stabilize the situation in Syria

14.02.2018, Moscow.

The Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov observed a lack of support from the United States to settle the Syrian conflict, TASS reports on February 12.

In regard to the United States assistance to stabilize the situation in Syria and to continue a political-diplomatic settlement, this assistance is in short supply,” Peskov said at a meeting with journalists. On the other hand, Peskov stressed the importance and fruitfulness of joint efforts by Iran and Turkey in cooperation with Russia to resolve the military conflict in Syria within the framework of the UN peace initiative. Peskov called these efforts “essential support“.

Peskov pointed out that terrorist attacks cannot be stopped in a short time. This requires long and thorough work. The military troops of the Russian Air Force in Syria will continue to assist the Syrian government army in the fight against the terrorist groups of Islamists. Peskov believes that the Russian military contingent in Syria has enough strength and capacity to curb terrorist activity in the region.

In December 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order to begin withdrawing the Russian Air Forces from Syria. As a result, the size of the air grouping should be significantly reduced. In his speech to the Russian servicemen at the Hemeimeem air base, Putin said that the Russian Air Forces successfully accomplished their task and defeated ISIS (an organization banned in Russia). At the same time, Putin stressed that the threat from global terrorism is still strong.

There are two international coalitions fighting against ISIS. There is one coalition led by the United States and its NATO allies, whereas Russia leads the other one including Iran and Turkey. Officially, Iran and Russia have repeatedly expressed their opinion, often rather harsh in tone, that the US actions in Syria and Iraq are more likely playing into the hands of terrorists rather than helping to stabilize the situation in the region.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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