The General Staff of the Russian Federation: the United States are not familiar with the real situation in Syria

19 September 2016 16:15

The United States does not have effective levers of influence on the moderate opposition, and are not familiar with the real situation in Syria, was told to reporters today by chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Sergei Rudskoy. Also, according to him, the Russian General Staff believe that the Syrian government forces makes no sense to observe a unilateral ceasefire because of violations by militants, reports radio “Vesti FM.”

Rudskoy added that the Russian and Syrian aircraft over the past week did not cause impacts on areas that have been agreed in the framework of the agreements reached in Geneva. Meanwhile, the Royal British Air force participated in air strikes of the international coalition against terrorism in Syria, which killed the Syrian military, the Associated Press reported, citing the statement of the Ministry of Defence.

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Russian Warplanes Conduct Over 4,200 Sorties in Syria Starting September 30

Bombs dropped by a Russian long-range bomber on a mission to launch a massive air strike on the Islamic State infrastructure in Syria

 

Russian combat aircraft have carried out more than 4,200 missions against terrorist targets since the start of the air operation in Syria on September 30, the Russian General Staff said Tuesday.

“Since September 30, the Russian air group has carried out a total of 4,201 combat missions, including 145 sorties by strategic and long-range bombers,” Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said in a statement.

According to him, the Russian Air Force is conducting airstrikes on the main Daesh facilities.Russia’s jets conducted 18 airstrikes on terrorist units to aid the “Lions of the Desert” and “Kalamun” troops belonging to the Free Syrian Army.

Syria’s opposition is also assisting Russian forces by providing coordinates of Daesh objects, Rudskoy noted.

“Constant contact is maintained with them [opposition fighters]. The opposition is providing Russia’s aviation group command with coordinates of terrorist targets,” Lt. Gen. said.

Some 5,000 opposition militants are fighting Daesh alongside the Syrian Army, according to the Russian General Staff.”The so-called Syrian opposition aids the success of the Syrian Armed Forces’ ground operation. Currently there are over 150 such [joint] units in Syria,”  Rudskoy said.

Russian Armed Forces will work on uniting Syria’s government forces and numerous fighting units all of which are battling Daesh terrorists, according to Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy.

“I want to emphasize that we intend to continue to work towards uniting the efforts of government troops and other groups interested in liberating Syria from international terrorists,” he said.

 

Russian, French Military Chiefs Discuss Cooperation in Fight Against Daesh

Chief of Russian General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov has discussed cooperation in the fight against Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) with his French counterpart General Pierre de Villiers, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

 

Chief of Russian General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov has discussed cooperation in the fight against Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) with his French counterpart General Pierre de Villiers, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

Chief of Russian General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov has discussed cooperation in the fight against Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) with his French counterpart General Pierre de Villiers, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.The telephone talks took place on Wednesday, at the initiative of the French side, the ministry said in a statement released on its website.

“In the course of the telephone conversation an exchange of opinions took place on the situation and future cooperation perspectives in the fight against the terrorist group ISIL [ISIL] in Syria,” the statement said, adding that Gerasimov and de Villiers agreed to maintain contact.

France is part of an international US-led coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria since September 2014. Paris intensified its air attacks after Daesh, prohibited in many countries including Russia, claimed responsibility for the November 13 terror acts that left over 100 people dead in Paris.

Russia has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Syria since September 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

French President Francois Hollande and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to coordinate their anti-terrorism efforts last week, during the French leader’s visit to Moscow.