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Kremlin spokesman says assertions Russia ‘demanded something from US’ are out of place

September 30, 2015, 23:22 updated at: September 30, 2015, 23:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"These demands are not mentioned but the fact that the U.S. and its allies forming a coalition aimed to battle the ISIL are part of an information impact", Peskov said
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MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Kremlin says that assertions that Moscow presumably demanded from other counties to clear the skies over Syria when Russian aircraft launched its first air strikes there are out of place.

"The assertions that [Russia] demanded from the United States something are absolutely out of place," Peskov said. "Certainly, these demands are not mentioned but the fact that the U.S. and its allies forming a coalition aimed to battle the ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the former name of Islamic State - eds. TASS] are part of an information impact."

When asked why Russia made such a swift response in Syria, Peskov replied: "But IS is not waiting," so this required "energetic and timely measures."

Peskov refuted certain media reports that Russia had informed other nations an hour before the launch of the operation.

"You have been misinformed," he said without specifying the time when the U.S. and other countries were notified.

The possible deadlines for Russian Air Force’s operation in Syria

Kremlin has refrained from specifying the possible deadlines for Russian Air Force’s operation in Syria as it is linked to the Syrian army’s ground assault.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin’s stance made public earlier on Wednesday implied "temporary support to the Syrian Armed Forces."

"I cannot say it," he replied when asked about deadlines for the military operation.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Federation Council empowered the Russian president to use Russian military outside the national territory. As the chief of the presidential staff Sergey Ivanov explained, the air operation was to be launched against the Islamic State in Syria at the request of Syria’s president Bashar Assad. Earlier, Vladimir Putin said that Russia would not be involved in operations on the ground.

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