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Russia to continue air strikes in Syria — defense official

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that the ceasefire that came into effect in Syria on February 27 is not applied to the Islamic State and Jabhat an-Nusra "or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council"
Russia to continue air strikes in Syria — defense official

Russia’s aviation group in Syria will continue delivering strikes on facilities of terrorists, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolay Pankov said on Tuesday, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to TASS agency.

“Certain positive results have been reached. A real chance has emerged to bring an end to the long-time conflict and violence. However, it is early to speak about the victory over terrorism now,” Minister Pankov said.

“Russia’s aviation group has the task to continue delivering strikes on the facilities of terrorists,” he told an event marking the accomplishment of tasks in Syria by Russian forces.

“Our military and our Syrian colleagues displayed resolution, competence, boldness, courage and heroism,” Pankov said.

President Putin ordered on Monday to start withdrawing the main part of Russia’s forces from Syria as of March 15. He said the tasks assigned to the military were generally fulfilled. Russia has been carrying out an anti-terror operation in Syria since September 30, 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

It should be recalled that on Monday the U.S. Senator John McCain warned against the intensification of Russian aggression against Ukraine after announcement of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.