Russia to Continue Strikes in Syria Despite Ceasefire

Despite the ceasefire accord of the International Syria Support Group, Russia will continue its anti-terror operations in Syria. The Russian Air Force will pursue its airstrikes against terrorist positions and will support the Syrian Army’s ground offensive.

Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria. © Vadim Savitsky/TASS
Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria. © Vadim Savitsky/TASS

According to TASS Russian News Agency, Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy chairman of the committee for international affairs at the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, the ceasefire exist is in correlation with the Syrian government and opposition rather than the fight against terrorism.

Russia's alliance with Syria goes back half a century, with many Syrian military officers receiving training there and Moscow maintaining a naval base in the port of Tartus (AFP Photo/Dmitry Astakhov)
Russia’s alliance with Syria goes back half a century, with many Syrian military officers receiving training there and Moscow maintaining a naval base in the port of Tartus (AFP Photo/Dmitry Astakhov)

“Despite these accords, Russia will continue its counter-terror operation of the air task force because the places of the location of militants from the IS [the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia] and the routes of their supply with ammunition, cargoes and manpower are well-known,” the senator said.

“As far as I understand, these accords relate only to the warring groupings in Syria but do not relate to terrorists who are staying on the territory of Syria and partially on the territory of Iraq,” he added.

Although the fight against terrorism will continue, Dzhabarov praised the accords reached in Munich. That said, he added that the true observance “does not inspire much optimism.”

“There are too many groupings, which position themselves as anti-governmental and anti-Assad forces, on the one hand, and some of them are of clearly terrorist nature, on the other hand,” Dzhabarov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that “the working group co-chaired by Russia and the United States will work out the modalities of the ceasefire in Syria over a week.”

Nevertheless, Russia will still engage in combat operations along Syrian soldiers to root out terrorists from Syria. The amount of airstrike may be diminished but Russia will keep fighting terrorist organizations. Dzhabarov indicated that the countries currently fighting in Syria and Iraq has to separate terrorists organizations to Syrian oppositions forces to conduct successful operations and target the real threats.

US Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed that the International Syria Support Group participants are ready to work with Russia on the humanitarian, military and political aspects of the problem.

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