Russia May Allow West and FSA to Join Alliance Against Da’esh

Putin: Results of Russia’s counter-terrorism operations in Syria positive so far
7 October، 2015
Moscow, SANA

Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that the results of Russia’s military operations against terrorists in Syria have been positive so far.

During a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Wednesday, Putin said that evaluating such a difficult form of counter-terrorism operations now would be premature, but what has been achieved thus far has been very positive.

He also stressed the need for cooperation in fighting terrorism, as without the participation of the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and other neighboring countries, it would be difficult to finish the fight against terrorism in the desired way.

Putin also revealed that French President Francois Hollande proposed an “interesting” idea during the recent Normandy group meeting, which is uniting the efforts of the Syrian Arab Army with the so-called “Free Army” to fight ISIS.

He said that Russia doesn’t know anything about what this “Free Army” is or where it’s located or who are its leaders, but if one assumes that such a proposed military wing of the “good part” of the opposition actually exists, then uniting efforts to fight against terrorist organizations like ISIS and al-Nusra would be a good prelude for a later political settlement in Syria, adding that Russia is working actively to contact all Syrian opposition forces.

For his part, Shoygu revealed that 4 Russian warships operating in the Caspian Sea targeted 11 ISIS sites and targets and Syria using 26 high-precision Caliber cruise missiles that traveled around 1,500 kilometers to reach their targets.

The Minister confirmed that Russian surveillance systems confirmed that all the aforementioned targets were destroyed without causing any civilian casualties, while Putin noted that hitting targets successfully from such distance with high precision shows the high level of Russia’s military personnel and its military industry.

Hazem Sabbagh

Russia could accept Washington’s proposal on coordination in fight against ISIS
7 October، 2015
Moscow, SANA

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that it could accept the U.S. Pentagon’s proposal on coordination of military flights against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.

“The Russian Defense Ministry has responded to the Pentagon’s request and promptly considered the American proposal on coordination of actions in the framework of the fight against the terror group ISIS,” said the Ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

“In general, these proposals could be accepted for implementation,” he added.

There are only some technical details to be clarified in a meeting later today by
representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon on the level of experts, said Konashenkov.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called on Tuesday for holding a second session of Russian-US military talks over Syria as soon as possible.

A Russian defense official said the talks should be much broader than what the Pentagon is seeking.

Both sides met once by video conference late last week, a day after the Russian airstrikes began in Syria.

H. Zain/ H. Said

Russia ready to work for unifying efforts of Syrian army and so-called “free army” against ISIS
7 October، 2015
Moscow, SANA

Official Spokesperson of Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that in light of the stance announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Russian side affirms willingness to work, through Defense Ministry, to unify efforts of the Syrian army and those of the so-called “Free Army” to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations.

“The Russian Foreign Ministry, authorized by President Putin, informs our partners in the countries which have contacts with the Free army about Russia’s readiness to hold contacts with leaders of this structure to discuss possibility of engaging it the work to prepare conditions for launching the necessary political settlement process in Syria through talks between the Syrian government and the national opposition,” Zakharova said in a statement.

She affirmed that “the Russian Foreign Ministry will continue its contacts with all spectrums of Syrian opposition to help consolidate its union on this ground.”

Peskov: Russian air force operation against ISIS “moved into a higher level.”

In a relevant context, Official Spokesman of the Russian Presidency Dmitry Peskov announced that the Russian air force operation against ISIS “moved into a higher level.”

” The operation of the Russian armed forces in support of the Syrian army continued today and moved into a higher level in a technical point of view, and as you know, our winged missiles have been launched from the fleet of Caspian sea as reports talked about Syrian forces’ progress, supported by us,” Sputnik news agency quoted Peslov as saying in a statement.

He added that President Putin has highly evaluated the task of Russian soldiers and their military expertise.

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