Lavrov calls upon “international coalition” to cooperate with Syrian army against ISIS
11 September، 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow will continue to supply the Syrian army with weapons and needed equipment to fight terrorism as it is the most effective force against ISIS.
During a press conference with his Mongolian counterpart Lundegiin Purevsuren on Friday, Lavrov called upon the “international coalition” to cooperate with the Syrian army, adding that the ISIS has grown into a tremendous threat after attempts to topple regimes in the Middle East.
He stressed that the maneuvers and exercises of the Russian navy vessels near the Syrian shores are scheduled practices that are carried in compliance with the international law, highlighting that the mission of the Russian experts in Syria is training the Syrian personnel to use the Russian gadgets.
Kremlin: Combating terrorism in Syria requires cooperation with Syria government
Meanwhile, Kremlin urged western states to not refuse cooperation with Syrian government in the battle against terrorism, stressing that only joint efforts can form an alliance that can confront this threat.
Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said in a press statement on Friday in Moscow “Some of our western partners are calling on us to combat the terrorist threat in Syria as if they are trying to deny the fact that the fight against terrorism is also carried out by the Syrian government.”
“Therefore, we consider that in the struggle against terrorism, cooperation with the Syrian government should not be refused,” he added.
Ushakov added that cooperation is a natural element in the efforts to establish a wide and effective alliance that is able to combat the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other extremist groups.
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Syrian Army is the Most Effective Force in Combating Terrorism
10 September، 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia supports the Syrian Arab Army because it is the most effective force in fighting terrorism and the one that bears the greatest burden in facing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations.
During a joint press conference in the Russian capital Moscow with Sudan’s and South Sudan’s foreign ministers on Thursday, Lavrov said that Russia will adhere to the rules of the international law if it is necessary to take additional steps to enhance security in Syria and other countries in the region in the face of spreading terrorism.
Lavrov explained that Russian military experts have been present in Syria for years helping the Syrian army in using Russian weapons and equipment, noting that Russia has no additional steps at present, but said that if necessary, these steps will be taken in accordance with the Russian legislations, taking into account the rules of the international law.
Lavrov stressed that Russia will continue to help the Syrian government and army to prevent the repetition of bad and tragic scenarios in the region, making particular reference to the notorious Libyan scenario.
Lavrov reassured that President Vladimir Putin’s initiative is based on the formation of a coordinated coalition to counter the terrorist threat posed by ISIS and other terrorist organizations, stressing the need to move away from double standards.
About rumors published by Western media about the Russian support for the Syrian state and claims that it may make ISIS even stronger, Lavrov described this as”upside-down logic” and an attempt by Syria’s enemies to enhance ISIS capabilities.
Lavrov pointed out that the anti-terrorism coalition led by the United State has not coordinated with the Syrian government, not even informing Syria about planned military strikes on the Syrian land.
Lavrov said that coordination among all sides in one front against terrorism is possible provided that double standards be abandoned and international law be honored.
Asked about the cargo of Russian aircrafts which landed in Lattakia airport, Lavrov said that the planes flying to Syria carry military cargo as well as humanitarian aid, pointing out that Russia contacts the parties concerned in accordance with the international laws in this respect.
Kremlin spokesman: Moscow is helping Syria in fight against ISIS
For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia is helping the Syrian authorities in fighting ISIS as the Syrian army is the only force capable of resisting it.
In statements made on Thursday, Peskov said there is no other force that is capable of fighting the ISIS and hence, it is normal for Russia to support the force that can actually confront this dangerous phenomenon.
He stressed that the situation in Syria and fighting the ISIS will be the main focus of a speech due to be delivered by the Russia President Vladimir Putin before the United Nation General Assembly.
Rumors on Russian military presence on ground aim a prolonging terrorism, Deputy FM affirms
10 September، 2015
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said that Russia’s firm stance in supporting the Syrian state aims at achieving a power balance that allows it to tackle the counterterrorism file and to produce real data towards a political solution for the crisis in Syria, refuting talks about a military Russian presence on ground.
In a statement to Russia Today TV on Thursday, Mikdad said that the main goal of such rumors is to prolong the presence of terrorism to serve the US and Israel in the region and outside it as well as to make a cover-up over the failing alliance established by the USA.
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister clarified that the Russian presence is limited to advisers in the framework of the Syrian-Russian military agreements.
He continued to say that the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday Moscow supported Syria in the past and it will support it in the future. “This strategic approach is governing the Syrian-Russian relations,” Mikdad added.
Yesterday, Zakharova said that Russia has never hidden the fact of military-technical cooperation with Syria, adding “we never made a secret out of our military-technical cooperation with Syria. We have long supplied arms and military equipment to Syria. We are doing it in compliance with existing contracts and in full compliance with international law.
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