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    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)

    Turkey's proposal on establishing safe zones in Syria may not be easy to implement in light of the Islamic State presence in the country and Russian anti-ISIL efforts, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday.

    LUXEMBOURG (Sputnik) — The EU foreign policy chief added that the issue would be discussed with Turkey in a few days.

    "[The] situation on the ground [in Syria] is moving fast, and the idea of somehow creating safe zones exactly in the area where Da’esh [ISIL] is concentrated and the Russian military presence is concentrated might not be really an easy task to achieve at the moment," Mogherini said.

    On October 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed to establish a no-fly zone and a safety zone, as well as increased training and equipment for Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters to decrease the high numbers of Syrians fleeing to Europe and other states.

    Previously, Turkey proposed a buffer zone in northern Syria, but the United States and NATO did not support the initiative.

    Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, launched precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Since the beginning of the air campaign, the Russian Air Force has carried out about 300 strikes against ISIL positions, killing 300 militants and destroying command centers, training camps and ammunition depots.

    Russian military air group at Khmeimim airbase in Syria
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    Russian military air group at Khmeimim airbase in Syria

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