Russia’s upper house of parliament unanimously approved, on September 30, the use of the country’s armed forces abroad following Syrian President Bashar Assad's request for military assistance in combating the Islamic State. Kremlin's decision relates only to the use of the Air Force and does not forsee any ground troops operations.
The Russian Aerospace Forces' operation has freed a large part of Syria from terrorists and stabilized the situation in the Arab state, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.
Moscow's operation saved Syria from "being cut into pieces and becoming a part of a new Ottoman Empire", the PYD told Sputnik.
Moscow managed to help Syria retain its statehood, Syrian State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar emphasized.
Moscow prevented the disintegration of Syria bu entering fight against terrorists, the Iranian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik.
One year after the beginning of Russia's aerial anti-terrorist campaign in Syria, not many would question the efficiency of the country's Aerospace Forces, but at the same time the operation has not resulted in a clear victory yet.
Moscow is determined to continue helping Syria in fight against terrorism and facilitating peace process in the war-torn country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
In twelve months, Russian forces achieved major success in Syria, destroying radical fighters, stolen oil trucks, militant command and control centers, as well as deploying humanitarian aid and assisting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), but most importantly bringing civilians hope for a peaceful future, a Syrian lieutenant told Sputnik.
Syria would have fallen in the arms of Daesh if Russia had not came to the rescue, a Syrian opposition group's leader asserted.
Having failed to resolve the devastating Syrian conflict by supporting radical armed groups intent on removing Assad, the United States should now disengage itself from the crisis and leave Russia in charge, foreign policy analyst Enea Gjoza wrote for the National Interest.
If the agreement that Russia and the United States reached to halt fighting in Syria, conduct joint counterterrorism operations and deliver humanitarian aid works, it will provide a major boost to Moscow's international clout, particularly in the Middle East, Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn asserted.
Russian and American diplomats would not have reached the deal on reducing the violence in Syria if Washington was able to achieve its goals in the country, primarily change the regime in Damascus, and if the Syrian Arab Army was not embattled by more than five years of fighting, political analyst Dmitry Kosyrev wrote for RIA Novosti.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have reached a breakthrough agreement on Syria following marathon talks in what is the closest the international community has come to resolving the conflict, but implementing the deal will be an even bigger challenge due to the sheer number of stakeholders involved.
Moscow and Tehran are currently in negotiations over the redeployment of Russian bombers to the Hamadan airbase in Iran so that they could resume their counterterrorism missions in Syria, Izvestiya reported, citing an unnamed source in military and diplomatic circles. Moscow first sent its planes to the Iranian airstrip in August.
Russia "fully understands" that if it does not fight against terrorists in Syria and Iraq, then tomorrow it will have to "catch them in the Moscow subway and other regions of the country," Hassan Shemshadi, an Iranian Radio and Television correspondent in Syria and Iraq, told Sputnik.
The Sukhoi Su-33 air superiority fighters based on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov that is scheduled to be deployed to the Syrian shores in November will be outfitted with an ultra-precision targeting system, known as the SVP-24, Izvestiya reported, citing an unnamed source in the Russian Defense Ministry.
Russia and the United States are rumored to be close to reaching an agreement on joint measures to halt fighting in and around Aleppo, Syria's second largest city. Turkey's ground offensive in northern Syria, formally known as Operation Euphrates Shield, "could play a major role in this process," Svobodnaya Pressa asserted.
Russia is becoming increasingly irreplaceable in the Syrian crisis settlement, as it is "the master of the situation" in the Arabic country, French Le Monde newspaper reported on Friday.
Iran will most likely allow Russia to use its Hamadan airfield to launch airstrikes against radical groups fighting in Syria since both countries are "bound to have a mutually beneficial" relationship, Vladimir Komoedov, former commander of the Black Sea Fleet, told the newspaper Izvestiya.
Turkey could become a "bridge" between Russia and the United States as the country is trying to pursue a more balanced foreign policy that has already seen Ankara restore its relations with Moscow and adopt a less rigid approach to Damascus, political analyst Igor Shatrov told Radio Sputnik.
Russia is "serious and resolute" in its efforts to defeat terrorism; this is why "the United States should join Moscow and its allies in this fight," Iranian political analyst Mosib Na'imi told Sputnik.