Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu gave an interview during the closing ceremony of the Army Games in Alabino range near Moscow, on Saturday evening, in which he discussed the current situation in Syria.

Shoigu, asserted that while significant advances can be claimed, challenges such as Deir-ez-Zor remain, citing the main entry point of the Euphrates to territory as crucial in order to “end the fight against ISIS” (the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS).

The Russian defence minister then went on to assert that Russia could “not be both mum and dad” and that support from the United Nations and humanitarian organisations would be vital in the ongoing conflict.

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