18:50 GMT17 June 2021
Listen Live
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    0 144

    Alessandro Pagano, the chairman of Russian-Italian inter-parliamentary commission, said that Russia's intention to use its air force in Syria was a reasonable move, benefiting the world.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia supports the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad because his policy defends both Syria and neighboring states against the Islamic State (ISIL) extremist group, the chairman of Russian-Italian inter-parliamentary commission told Sputnik Italia on Wednesday.

    Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin requested the upper chamber of the Russian parliament approve the use of the Russian Air Force abroad, following a request by Assad. The request was unanimously approved on Wednesday.

    "Russia has defended and is defending its political interests in Syria. Russia has always been loyal to Assad and considered him as the defender not only of his country against the main regional threat — the ISIL," Alessandro Pagano said.

    He added that Russia's intention to use its air force in Syria was a reasonable move, benefiting the world.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011. Government forces have been fighting on multiple fronts against opposition forces and numerous extremist groups, including ISIL.

    Moscow, seeking a political solution to the Syrian conflict, hosted two rounds of intra-Syrian reconciliation talks, and has been providing humanitarian aid to people in the conflict-torn country and military equipment to support Damascus in its fight against terrorist groups.


    Here’s How And Why Russia Is Fighting ISIL In Syria
    Russian Communists Suggest West Lift Sanctions in Light of Anti-ISIL War
    Italy Must Enhance Cooperation With Russia in Countering ISIL
    Russian Anti-ISIL Airstrikes in Syria to Boost Iraq's Chances of Success
    Daesh, Alessandro Pagano, Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin, Italy, Syria, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion