Putin's Top Advisor: Russia Not to Allow Collapse of Assad Gov't

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Leonid Reshetnikov, a senior advisor to the Russian president, underlined Moscow's serious resolve to help President Bashar Assad's government to resist against foreign plots and terrorist attacks.

"Russia has reinvigorated its position in Syria and will not at all allow the government of Bashar Assad to fall," Reshetnikov said in a meeting with former Iranian Foreign Minister Seyed Kamal Kharrazi in Tehran on Sunday.

"Actually Syria is a strong fort, the fall of which will spread terrorism to other countries, even to the Caucasus and Central Asia," he added.

Reshetnikov said terrorism has also targeted Iran and Russia due to the instrumental use of certain countries of this ominous phenomenon, and underlined the necessity for the expansion of mutual cooperation in joint fight against terrorism.

Syrian officials have welcomed Iran and Russia's military assistance in campaign against terrorism.

"Syria welcomes Iran and Russia's military partnership in fight against the ISIL in Syria and assumes the efforts made by these countries as legal, distant from the double-standards and in line with safeguarding our national security," Jamal Rabe'eh, a senior Syrian legislator, told FNA earlier this month.

The Syrian foreign minister also said almost two weeks ago that Damascus might ask Moscow to send troops to fight alongside the government forces against terrorist groups in the war-torn country if necessary.

Moreover, Syria's envoy to the United Nations said earlier that Russia had every right to carry out airstrikes against the ISIL on the country's soil.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier this month that Russia’s military participation in operations in the fight against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria could be discussed in a bilateral format should such a request surface.

“If there’s a request, then it would naturally be discussed and reviewed in the framework of bilateral contacts and bilateral dialogue. This is so far difficult to discuss hypothetically,” Peskov said.

Also, Iran and Syria have inked several defense cooperation agreements based on which Tehran gives consultations to Damascus in fighting against the terrorist groups.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with the government of President Bashar Assad fighting against many armed opposition factions, militant and terrorist groups such as ISIL and the al-Nusra Front.

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