Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker sets Arctic speed recordScience & Space August 17, 15:06
Client sues Russian mobile operator for $500 mln for writing off six minutes of trafficBusiness & Economy August 17, 14:45
Russian government earmarks $67 mln to fight HIVSociety & Culture August 17, 14:42
Man in Moscow charged with human trafficking for trying to sell four womenSociety & Culture August 17, 14:37
Russian football chief rules out Moscow as venue for Russia-Iran friendly matchSport August 17, 14:30
Russia's defense contractor to display new cluster bomb at Army-2017 showMilitary & Defense August 17, 13:41
Press review: Russia boosts military potential and Donbass awaits crucial meetingPress Review August 17, 13:00
Justice Ministry adds Jehovah’s Witnesses to list of organizations outlawed in RussiaWorld August 17, 12:50
Moscow Zoo welcomes pygmy hippopotamus OliviaSociety & Culture August 17, 12:48
MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The Russian military supports some forces of the Free Syrian Army in their offensive against the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia as a terrorist organization), Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Monday.
"It is true that some forces of the Free Syrian Army are involved in offensive operations against the Islamic State and other extremist groups," he said. "These offensive operations have support from the Russian armed forces."
Peskov advised the media to address all questions regarding that cooperation, including the tactics, to Russian military officials.
Earlier on Monday the chief of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, said more than 5,000 troops of the Free Syrian Army were pushing ahead with offensive operations in four provinces: Homs, Hama, Aleppo and Raqqah.
"The number of such Free Syrian Army groups keeps growing. To support these groups alone Russian planes carry out 30-40 strikes a day. The groups also get weapons, ammunition and other material supplies," Gerasimov said at a meeting with foreign military attaches.
"I have nothing to add to what the chief of the General Staff said," Peskov said, when asked about weapons supplies.