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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Shoigu: Russia resumes the bombing of militants in Syria

Russian planes in Syria since may 25, will start to strike blows to positions of fighters who have not joined the cease of hostilities. Russia offers US, as the co-chair of the International support group Syria to join the fight against international terrorism and to undertake joint planning of such attacks. If agreement fails, then Russia will attack rebel positions independently.

photo: Press service of the defense Ministry

Friday’s meeting of the Collegium of the defense Ministry, which was opened by defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, began with a discussion of the situation in Syria. Probably the main news and very unexpected news of this meeting is that from may 25, Russia has once again started active bombing in Syria, and offers to join them in an international coalition led by the United States. As explained Shoigu, the forces of “moderate opposition” was given over two months to finally decide they want peace or war.

Photo: mil.ru

While the time to fully understand what they want, “opposition” is still there. As said Shoigu, up to 25 may work with the forces of “moderate opposition” in their adherence to the cessation of hostilities will continue. Are determined by the areas under their control, to be implemented by the output units, observe the conditions of the cessation of hostilities, with the territories occupied by groups banned in Russia “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” and other international terrorist organizations.

Shoigu stressed that Russia offers the United States as the co-chair of the International support group Syria from may 25 to begin joint actions of the Russian space forces and aviation of the coalition that America leads, “planning and targeting of objects and the units “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra”, the illegal armed groups that do not support the cessation of hostilities, but also the caravans with arms and ammunition, armed troops illegally crossing the Syrian-Turkish border”. In this course, will be excluded attacks on civilian targets and villages.

photo: Press service of the defense Ministry

Shoigu noted that these measures will help to achieve the transition to the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict throughout Syria. He said that these issues have already been agreed with the Syrian leadership, and on Thursday began the harmonization of these measures with colleagues in Oman and Geneva.

“However, we reserve the right, from may 25 to unilaterally strike at units of international terrorist organizations and illegal armed groups who have not joined the cease of hostilities”, – said the Minister of defence of the Russian Federation.

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