Syrian Foreign Minister: Russian forces are more sincere and efficient


October 10, 2014 – translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear – 

Western countries
carried out operations in Syria for a year and gained nothing, while the legitimacy
of Russia’s actions is justified by international law and the UN Charter, said
Deputy Syrian foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad.

Russia’s actions in
Syria are consistent with international law and that they are more sincere and
effective than operation of the international coalition, said Deputy Syrian
foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad in an interview to RT Arabic. 

“We believe
that our Russian friends are sincere in their words and actions, the legitimacy
of which can be justified by international humanitarian law, international law
and the UN Charter. At the same time, Western countries initially carried out
the operation insincerely and haven’t achieved anything, although it’s been a
whole year. Thus Russia did in a few days what American coalition failed to
achieve for more than one year,” — said Miqdad. 

However, he stressed that
the Russian Federation declared that their airstrikes, are directed only at the
“Islamic state” and “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and other terrorist
organizations linked to “al-Qaeda”, recognized as extremist by
international organizations. 

From September 30th, forward, Russia at the request of
President Bashar al-Assad began to conduct airstrikes against the “Islamic
state” in Syria. This time, Russian aerospace forces conducted two hundred
airstrikes in total, having destroyed about 300 militants, training camps,
command points, ammunition depots and other facilities. 

In addition, 26 cruise
missiles were fired from the ships of the Caspian flotilla, which successfully destroyed
the ISIS targets. The General staff of the Russian armed forces reported that
the militants are suffering significant losses and change their tactics, scattering
their forces and hiding in the populated areas. 

According to the Russian
military, the targets are chosen based on intelligence reports from Russia,
Syria, Iraq and Iran, and high-precision
weaponry is used. The Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad confirmed earlier
that the strikes are precisely hitting the terrorist armed groups, not the
opposition or civilians. In addition, according to him, since the beginning of the
operation of the Russian Federation in Syria about 40% of the ISIS
infrastructure was destroyed. 

The President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said
earlier that the Russian operation in Syria will be implemented for a period of
offensive operations of the Syrian armed forces. The head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Ivanov, said that there will be no ground

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