In Idlib’s Jabal al-Zawya region, two children were among at least seven civilians killed in suspected Russian airstrikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Fabius said:”The first indications have been delivered, and obviously it will be necessary to check with military authorities, which show that – but more indications may follow – the areas that were struck were not under control of Daesh”.
The US-led coalition has been targeting IS for about a year and is carrying out near-daily air strikes in Syria.
The United States has also accused the Kremlin of trying to buttress Assad, with President Barack Obama describing the airstrikes that began on Wednesday as “a recipe for disaster”.
Russian Federation believes them to be information warfare, and has called on the media and foreign officials to carefully verify information coming from Syria before judging it truthful.
But it was concern over the potential of Moscow to focus on groups other than ISIL that prompted a response Friday from a U.S.-led coalition, which also carries out airstrikes in the strife-torn country, calling on Moscow to immediately cease attacks on Syria’s opposition.
Cameron said Russian forces were “making the situation worse” as they pressed a bombing campaign in the IS stronghold for a fourth day.
The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey released a joint statement on Friday, criticizing the Russian airstrikes that they claimed had not targeted Daesh positions.
Mr Fallon denied that Russia’s involvement had left Europe and the USA looking weak.
Moscow insisted their latest raid targeted a command post near Raqqa, which is in the hands of brutal Islamic State militants.
A senior Russian military officer said Russian jets based in western Syria had carried out more than 60 sorties in 72 hours across Syria.
And the president suggested, “A military solution alone”, in which “Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and pacify the population”, will just “get them stuck in a quagmire, and it won’t work“.
But Turkey and several of its Western allies have said that moderate groups fighting the Assad regime have been hit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande met in Paris after a week of frenzied global activity around Syria that finally broke into yesterday’s meeting, which was supposed to have been only about Ukraine.
Unverified reports indicate that hundreds of Iranian soldiers have arrived in Syria in the past 10 days to take part in a ground offensive that would compliment Russia’s air fight.