MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin took part personally in commanding the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria, Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said Wednesday.
"As a member of the Security Council, I can say that the President personally dealt with the command of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria and the preparation of political reconciliation," she told reporters.
The victory of Russia over Daesh (ISIS) in Syria made it possible to change the situation in the Middle East and the attitude towards Russia around the world, Matvienko said.
"Russia defended its national interests and the interests of the whole world in Syria," Matvienko added. According to her, as a result of the efforts of Russian forces and the Syrian army, Syria's integrity was preserved.
On September 30, 2015, the head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Ivanov, announced that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had asked Russia for military assistance. President Vladimir Putin submitted a proposal to the Federation Council to adopt a resolution granting consent to use the Russian Armed Forces abroad. The Federation Council unanimously supported the President's appeal. The military objective of the operation was to provide air support to Syrian government forces in their opposition to Daesh.