Russian Air Forces in Syria, presumably, will conduct an air operation for four months, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov said, reports Joinfo.ua with the reference to Europa 1.
“In Moscow they talk about three or four months of operation,” – said Pushkov.
However, he assured that the operation plan does not have the ground phase.
Earlier the head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov said that the operation in the Middle East is designed for a certain time, but did not mention any details. Later, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko noted that the terms of presence of the Russian Air Force in Syria, according to the law on defense, appointed by the President.
Also today the former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev supported Russian attacks in Syria in his interview to Interfax agency. “The fact that Russia was involved in the fight against ISIS in Syria is not accidental. Russia was involved in this struggle in Syria, we think, thoughtfully,” – Gorbachev said
It should be recalled that Russia conducted the first airstrike in Syria on September 30. Earlier that day the Federal Council of the State Duma of the Russian Federation supported by 162 votes the Resolution, introduced by President Vladimir Putin, on the use of Russian Armed Forces outside the territory of Russia.
Yesterday Russian air forces hit in the city of Hama, located on the banks of the Orontes River. Responding to U.S. accusations that the Russians are not targeting ISIS but other groups opposed to the Syrian regime, Syrian officials supported Russia and said that the Syrian government “any armed group fighting the Syrian forces is considered terrorist”.