Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow had called for fresh contacts with the U.S. over avoiding clashes with the Washington-led coalition fighting IS in Syria.
“The future political system, and which individuals govern Syria, this is a decision for the Syrian people“. “The only goal that was realized…is the destruction of much infrastructure in Syria, shedding lots of blood”.
Russian Federation last week began striking targets in Syria – a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in the civil war which has been criticised by the West as an attempt to prop up Assad, rather than its purported aim of attacking Islamic State.
“In reality, they are the biggest contributor for reaching this stage by supporting terrorism and imposing a siege on Syria,” he said, according to The Guardian.
It accused Russian Federation of killing at least 50 civilians in Homs province “in Russia’s first war crime on Syrian territory“. The ISIL group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated by supporters on Twitter.
In Raqqa where Daesh militants have carried out a few of the mass beheadings that they infamously use as online propaganda activists and residents said the group canceled Friday prayers and emptied mosques because they feared more Russian strikes.
“The Western-Russian coalition with the Safavids (Iran) and the Nusairis (Alawites) are making a real war against the Sunni people and their countries”, the statement said. He called on countries that support the armed opposition to stop.
Israel and Russian Federation will also coordinate on sea operations off Syria’s Mediterranean coast, where Moscow has a major naval base, the Israeli officer said. “The chances for success are large, not small”.
The rebel groups have largely been backed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The USA does not now list Ahrar al-Sham or Jaish al-Islam as terrorist organizations.
The groups added that Russia’s intervention and “brutal occupation has cut the road to any political solution”. “Otherwise it will have no value,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on September 21 to set up teams as Moscow steps up military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been losing ground to an Islamist-led insurgency. In the northwestern Idlib province the Russian military said it had destroyed a training camp by the city of Jisr al-Shughur, artillery positions near Jabal al-Qobeh and armoured vehicles.