MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Monday that in his opinion nobody questions the role of the Russian Aerospace Forces supporting Syria’s ground troops in the successes of the counter-terrorist fight. The offensive in southeastern Syria along the Euphrates River is the last thing left to do in fighting terrorism in the country, he added.
"Terrorists are resisting but their fate is sealed," he told the Gazeta.ru portal.
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria the country has been contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war thus one of the key tasks is to demine liberated territories.
Alexander Fomin noted that Serbia and Armenia had expressed readiness to send their experts to Syria for demining after the end of hostilities in the country.
"Demining could be called one of the most painful issues right now. We held consultations with representatives of defense agencies of Iran, Egypt, Serbia, Armenia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Yerevan and Belgrade have already expressed their readiness to send their engineering divisions to Syria, Chinese sappers may follow suit. Some countries expressed readiness to provide financial assistance on this issue," he said.
On Friday, the Syrian army announced it had cleared Deir ez-Zor, the biggest city in the country's east, from Daesh militants, which means that the terrorist group has been left without control of an urban area anywhere in the Middle East. Liberation followed the lifting of the three-year-long siege of the city in September.