Russia launched on Wednesday its first separate air strikes against the Islamic State across Syria. Intelligence, including aerial reconnaissance data, collected by both Russia and Syria, was used for defining the targets for shelling.
“Syrian crisis has ceased being exclusively national problem a long time ago – it has become an international problem and some interested parties have bargaining chips for fueling the war. The presence of Russia will bring in balance in this issue,” Badini told RIA Novosti.
Badini concluded by stating that if Russia refrained from taking this step, it would be “equal to refusal of participation in the process of peaceful settling of the Syrian crisis.”
The Syrian conflict began in 2011 and resulted in the rapid emergence of ISIL, that so far has claimed the territory of half of the country.