Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that 4119 rocket and bomb strikes targeted positions and command centers for terrorist organizations in Syria since September 30th, destroying 54 workshops for making ammunition and explosives.
The operations’ center at Russia’s Defense Ministry held a meeting in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
” By conducting military missions in Syria, you are protecting Russia and its citizens,” Putin told his military chiefs.
In turn, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said “We are conducting a mass airstrike campaign against ISIS targets in Syria and we have now doubled the number of sorties”.
Shoigu said that Russia’s strikes targeted terrorists’ positions in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo and destroyed 140 positions for the terrorist organizations.
Russia’s aircrafts bombed ISIS positions in Aleppo, Shoigu said, adding that 127 sorties are due to be carried out tonight to destroy 206 targets.
Kremlin : Putin, Hollande agree to coordinate in their operations against terrorist organizations in Syria
In this regard, President Putin and his French counterpart Francois Hollande “agreed in particular to ensure closer contacts nand coordination of activity between the military agencies and security services of the two countries in operations against terrorist structures carried out by Russia and France in Syria,” the Kremlin press service reported.
“In a telephone conversation, the two leaders “put special attention to expanding bilateral and multilateral cooperation against international terrorism” following the crash of a Russian airliner in a bomb blast over Sinai and the Friday chain of terrorist attacks in France,” the Kremlin press service said.
The Kremlin announced that Putin and Hollande will meet in Moscow on November 26th to coordinate action in the fight against terrorism.
Peskov: Syrians alone determine their leadership
Dmitry Peskov, Spokesman for the Russian Presidency stressed that Russia’s stance concerning President Bashar al-Assad is firm as no side, except for the Syrians, can determine who to lead the country.
RT quoted Peskov as saying that some countries are approaching this issues via their private interests and schemes.