The Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu held on Friday, June 30, teleconference, the main theme of which was the situation in Syria. The defense Minister blamed the US-led coalition in provocations that contribute to the growth of terrorist activity. Also Shoigu said that the Russian army experience Syrian war is analyzed and actively implemented in the course fees the command structure and a variety of exercises.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
As said Shoigu, in June the Syrian government forces and militias supported by the Russian aviation continued to dislodge the militants from positions in the North-East of the province of Aleppo, near Palmyra and in the South of Syria. Now troops are being actively promoted along the Syrian-Jordanian border and the border with Iraq. In June of militants were freed 69 settlements and more than 12 thousand square kilometers of territory.
Also, Syria supported the cessation of hostilities, which applies to the armed opposition. Today he was joined by 228 opposition groups. In June the accession agreement to the cease-fire was signed by representatives 329 settlements, and in General already about 2 thousand towns and villages have joined this agreement.
The Minister also noted that after the signing of the Memorandum on the establishment of a de-escalation in Syria (his guarantors are Russia, Turkey and Iran), the number of violations of the cessation of hostilities declined significantly.
— At the same time the provocation of coalition forces led by the USA, contribute to the expansion of activities of terrorist organizations in Syria, — said Shoigu. — After the US air force shot down a Syrian plane in the area Ruzafa in the southern province of raqqa, the Ministry of defense of Russia have stopped contacts with the American side in the framework of the Memorandum on the prevention of incidents and ensuring the safety of aviation. Currently, the coalition is strictly confined to agreed zones in the district of al-TANF in the South of Syria and East of the Euphrates river. We note that our American colleagues operate within these zones. While no violations have been recorded.
Also, Sergei Shoigu noted that a significant reduction in military activity and violence in Syria is now preparing for the 5th international meeting on Syria in Astana, which will take place on 4-5 July. Together with Iran and Turkey is working on the documents that define the boundaries of the zones of de-escalation, the procedure for their control and operation.
— In addition, during the talks in Astana will discuss questions of creation of the Syrian national reconciliation Committee, said Shoigu.
The Syrian experience, as the Minister said, is generalized and implemented in the training of commanders of the Russian Armed forces. So, in February, was a large-scale fees of the top management team. And for July is scheduled operational meeting with participation of commanders of formations and commanders of the unions. The polygons will be shown the main approaches to the tactical training groups, formations and units, including with the use of modern training AIDS and simulators.