Russian operation in Syria aims to fight terrorist organizations, President Putin says

Moscow, SANA- Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting his French counterpart Francois Hollande on the sidelines of Normandy Four Meeting, stressed that the military operation, carried out by the Russian Air Force in Syria, aims at countering terrorism and preserving the territorial integrity of Syria, according to Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov told journalists that President Putin has emphasized that the Russian mission in Syria is carried out in strict accordance with the international law.

He added that President Putin indicated that the Russian mission aims to fight the terrorist and extremist organizations, namely the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS”, Jabhat al-Nusra and others, indicating that supporting the operations of the Syrian Arab army aims at preserving Syria’s territorial integrity.

The Russian President underlined the necessity of the participation of other countries in the work of the information center newly established in Baghdad.

Earlier, the Russia Air Force started a military operation against the terrorist organizations in Syria at the request of Syria after Russia’s Federation Council agreed on that.

For his part, President Hollande underlined the necessity of Russia’s work with the US, the EU and Iran side by side with the regional countries to solve the crisis in Syria.

In turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, in joint press conference with Hollande after the Normandy Meeting that “the military operation in Syria will not lead to solving the crisis,” calling for activating the political process.

R.J/Mazen

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