Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for the air strikes on the positions of IS in Syria without coordination with the coalition, Bloomberg reports.
Russia continues to increase military presence in Syria. As we reported recently, Russian troops in Latakia have been reinforced by 28 fighter and bomber aircrafts. The Kremlin said earlier that Russian troops may join the operations if the Syrian government requests help.
If the US does not recognize Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an ally, Russian troops in Syria can start air strikes on the positions of IS without the consent of the international coalition, writes Bloomberg, citing a source close to the Kremlin.
“Russia hopes that common sense will prevail, and Obama will take the outstretched hand of Putin. But Putin will act anyway, even if this does not happen,” – senior analyst of the Asia and Middle East division of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Elena Suponina said to Bloomberg.
At the same time, the US are ready to co-ordinate in order to avoid any hostile incidents with Russian aircraft, but the White House has not yet received a clear proposal from the Kremlin, said a source in Washington.