Vladimir Putin. Source: Kremlin.ru
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on countries interested in securing a solution to the Syrian crisis to cooperate with the Baghdad information center, which has been established by Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
"We call on all sides concerned to join the work of this information center," Putin told a CIS summit in Kazakhstan on Oct. 16.
Russia's air campaign in Syria "is absolutely legitimate because it is being carried out on the basis of an official request from [Syrian] President [Bashar] al-Assad," he said.
The Russian Aerospace Force's operation in Syria "has a strict framework - aviation and other measures are being used exclusively against terrorist groups," Putin said.
"There is also a time limit - the period of the Syrian forces' offensive operations against terrorists. By acting from the air and the sea against targets previously agreed upon with the Syrians, our servicemen have achieved impressive results: dozens of command centers and ammunition depots, hundreds of terrorists and a large amount of military hardware have been eliminated," the Russian president said.
Russia also wants "the broadest coalition possible to be formed to crack down on extremists and terrorists, and it is making efforts to promote practical joint work with the main regional and international partners," Putin added.
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