“[US President Barack] Obama says that, aside from aerial security, the US and Russia are at loggerheads on Syria. We surely are: the US is out to topple [Syrian President Bashar] Assad while we are targeting ISIL,” the head of the State Duma’s foreign affairs committee Alexei Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova earlier said that in Syria Russia supported the country’s statehood, not President Bashar Assad.
On September 30, Russia began airstrikes on ISIL in Syria following President Bashar Assad's request for military assistance.
Russian warships have launched a total of 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State facilities, destroying all targets.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, hard hit by Russian air raids and cruise missile strikes, the terrorists are now falling back along the entire frontline.