Russia : Russia began its air strikes in Syria on 30 September and has been continuously supporting its action and clarifying its stand on it. A recent one came from the country leader himself, when President Vladimir Putin defended Russia’s military operations in Syria, saying the aim has been towards stabilizing the legitimate authority of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Putin expressed his views and clarified his government’s stand on Syria, while speaking to Russian media. He told Russian state TV that Russia wanted to create conditions for a political compromise in Syria. On words spreading about Russia targeting opposition groups on the sly, Putin strongly condemned and denied that Russian air strikes were hitting moderate opposition groups rather than Islamic State militants. Putin said Russia’s aim was to stabilize the government in Damascus.He stressed that without Moscow’s support for President Assad there was a danger that terrorist groups could overrun Syria.Assad’s government was currently under siege and militants were at the edge of Damascus, he added.The Russian leader also urged other nations to unite efforts against this evil (terrorism).
Syria is reeling under pressure of attacks, but Syrian forces are said to have made significant advances against rebels. Government gaining a strong hols in Idlib, Hama and Latakia provinces were on Sunday reported both by Damascus and opposition activists. The main battlefront presently is located in the region close to the key highway that links the capital with other major cities, including Aleppo. The strategy of Assad’s forces are supposedly centered around the plan of seeking cutting off of rebels in Idlib.
The US-led coalition – which has been carrying out its own air strikes in Syria – earlier said it would not be co-operating with Russia. Russia has been placed on the edge due to several countries – including the UK and Turkey – having described Russia’s support for President Assad as a mistake. Russia announced on Sunday that its aircraft carried out more than 60 missions over Syria in the past 24 hours, and that IS was its main focus target.