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Russian deputy PM pledges Russia will fulfil all military goals in Syria

November 26, 2015, 18:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin believes Turkey deliberately attacked the Russian jet

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Russian pilot walking from his Su-30 jet at an airbase in Syria

Russian pilot walking from his Su-30 jet at an airbase in Syria

© AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov

MOSCOW, November 26 /TASS/. Russia will do everything to achieve the goals of its military operation in Syria, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Thursday.

"If anybody wanted to intimidate us, then they do not know our character. The effect is going to be diametrically opposite. The question of revenge on the criminals has turned into a nationwide issue. We will certainly do everything to bring what we are doing to the end and fulfill all the tasks that were assigned when we launched a military operation against the biggest global contemporary threat," the Russian vice-premier said adding that Russia was actively supporting Syria.

"We are taking a more than active part in (fighting terrorism) by comparison to other countries which are only articulating their participation in the counter-terrorism operation," the vice-premier stressed.

"Our presence in Syria is legitimate. We are intensively fighting a common threat. We will certainly give all kind of support to the Syrian army to enable it to liberate the country from international terrorists who have already shown their bare teeth," Rogozin said.

He does not believe that the attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber on November 24 was an annoying incident.

Oil revenues from the terrorist-held regions of Syria and Turkey are accumulating on the accounts of those who are responsible for downing the Russian bomber, Rogozin told the Syrian top diplomat.

The Russian jet had been attacked deliberately, the vice-premier said adding that Russia did not believe in occasional incidents.

"We can see Turkey’s direct and selfish interest in preserving the status quo which consists in the Islamic State’s control over considerable regions and areas in Syria, especially those that are oil-rich," Rogozin said.

"In fact, today we can see that petroleum products are delivered from Syria to Turkey on an industrial scale. Billions of dollars are accumulating on the accounts of people who ordered to shoot the jet down," Rogozin stressed.

"The past few days have shown who is who in the Syrian conflict; who is fighting the Islamic State only declaratively while being its direct patrons who are conniving at its terrorist activities," the vice-premier said.

"You know the reaction of our leadership and our people to the terror attack against our Armed Forces, which are carrying out a (military) operation in Syria. It is a mean attack, both literally and figuratively, against our plane, which had legitimately taken part in the operation in Syria and had delivered strikes against the (IS) terrorist group," Rogozin concluded.

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