Iraq coordination center to coordinate Russian strikes on IS — Syrian ambassador

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko earlier said the Russian Defense Ministry has already opened channels for coordination with the western coalition in Syria.

The newly established coordination center in Iraq will be coordinating Russia's strikes on the positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Syrian Ambassador in Moscow Riyad Haddad told TASS on Wednesday.

"The coalition of the United States and their allies has failed," the diplomat said. "The IS geographical territory is expanding, they have seized and continue seizing more and more cities and villages, the number of terrorists is increasing exponentially."

"The coordination center in Iraq will coordinate strikes on IS positions," Haddad said.

Russian Defense Ministry opens channels for coordination with West's coalition in Syria

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko earlier said the Russian Defense Ministry has already opened channels for coordination with the western coalition in Syria.

"Channels for communication between the Defense Ministry and many partners were opened today," Matviyenko said.

"Of course, I am convinced that we will find ways to prevent collisions and to boost coordination in this work [the fight against the Islamic State]," she added.

Matviyenko confirmed that Russia will not take part in land operations in Syria.

First published by TASS.

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