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 deployment of Russian bombers to the Hamadan airfield in Iran does not violate UN Security Council resolution 2231, Iranian lawyer Amir Hossein Norbakhsh told Sputnik in response to US State Department comments, adding that the US does not give Moscow and Tehran due credit for their counterterrorism efforts.
Russia decided to use the Hamadan airfield in Iran to prevent terrorists from spying on its strategic aircraft taking part in the Moscow-led counterterrorism operation in Syria, the Vzglyad newspaper asserted.
Russia, the United States and Turkey will join efforts in a bid to destroy terrorist groups fighting in Syria and resolve the years-long crisis, journalist Verda Özer wrote for the newspaper Hurriyet, adding that Moscow and Washington appear to have sorted some of the differences, particularly the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia deployed Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range strategic bombers to the Hamadan airfield in Iran to cut flight times, increase bomb capacity and improve response capabilities of its aircraft taking part in the operation to liberate Aleppo since the outcome of this battle could well determine the future of Syria.
The United States has called on Russia to influence the Syrian government to avoid offensive operations, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in a press briefing on Monday.
Daesh's threats against Russia cannot shake Moscow's decision to obliterate international terrorism, and these threats should not be exaggerated though Russia will take all needed steps to prevent any attacks, according to the Kremlin spokesman.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, emphasized Moscow's role in counterterrorism fight in Syria and noted that Russian is not meddling in Syria's political affairs.
The US-led international coalition chiefs in Syria are accountable for sending troops to areas targeted by Russian airstrikes, Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.
Policymakers in Moscow and Washington are searching for ways to bring cooperation between the two countries to a whole new level with regard to fighting terrorism in Syria, but challenges, particularly the fate of President Bashar al-Assad, complicate these efforts, former US envoy to Syria Richard Murphy told Radio Sputnik.
There seems to be nothing that Russia's Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H cannot do. In addition to its main tasks in Syria, the supermaneuverable fighter aircraft helped attack planes that took part in the Moscow-led counterterrorism operation to lock on to ground targets.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), assisted by Russian warplanes and its local allies, will free the city of Raqqa, which Daesh turned into the capital of its terror caliphate, political analyst Catherine Shakdam told Radio Sputnik, pointing to the liberation of Palmyra as the moment when the tide of war changed in Damascus' favor.
In a slight turn of events, Washington asked Moscow to direct its airstrikes solely at al-Nusra Front and refrain from targeting so-called "moderate" rebels, working with al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, but, Russian officials and experts have said it is not rational since these militants are coordinating attacks against government forces and civilians.
At a time when perception is as important as achievements, Russia has accomplished both in Syria. Its engagement was instrumental in turning the tide of the war, while its "well-coordinated media campaign," as the National Interest put it, has effectively highlighted Moscow's military and diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.
The Russian forces in Syria have been focusing their airstrikes on the Daesh terrorist group's targets in the country.
The Glonass navigation system helps the Russian Armed Forces to precisely strike terrorist targets in Syria.
A Syrian opposition party sent a letter to Vladimir Putin asking the Russian president to stop the war in Syria by putting pressure on terrorists.
Russia will not open any additional facilities in Syria. Aircraft deployed at the Russian Hmeymim airbase can reach any area in the war-torn country.
The only way to put an end to Daesh and other radical groups that have been fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria is for Russia and the US to join their counterterrorism efforts, democracy activist Ribal al-Assad asserted.
The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that the body of Alexander Prokhorenko, killed during the Palmyra liberation, was returned to Russia.