Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the ongoing anti-terror operation in Syria during an interview with Russian journalist Vladimir Solovyov in Sochi, Sunday.
SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “If we speak about the military component, we tell our partners, when we hear them blaming us for our strikes not hitting ISIS or other terrorist organisations like Jabhat al-Nusra and others, but the allied part of the opposition so to speak. And we told them: If you know the situation on the ground better than we do as you have been there for more than a year – unlawfully, but still you are present there – if you know better, though I doubt it but let’s say, give us the targets. We will work on them.”
SOT, Vladimir Solovyov, journalist (Russian): “Have they declined?”
SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “Yes, they declined. They said ‘No, we will not be working on this level’, it is not clear why. If they really know better and want to fight terrorism, tell us the direct locations where the terrorists are sheltering, where they have command points, ammunition depots and equipment, give us the targets. What could be easier? But so far we haven’t reached such level of joint work, but I’d like to repeat that the first steps in establishing the contacts on the military level have been made.”