WARSAW (Sputnik) — Russia’s decision to launch an air operation against Islamic State (ISIL) extremists in Syria is a chance to resolve the country's civil war, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said Wednesday.
"This denotes [Russia’s decision] that maybe there is a chance to say that all of us want to solve the Syrian problem. Because there will be no order without a solution to the situation. And there will be no chance for restoring order in that part of the world and in the world as a whole," Schetyna said.
Syria has been in a state of civil war since March 2011. Government forces have been clashing with "moderate" opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Islamic State and the Nusra Front.
According to the United Nations, the armed conflict has killed over 250,000 people and forced over 11 million to flee their homes.