Russia claims that it will be fighting the ISIS until it has been completely annihilated. The country had been obliterating ISIS target since September 2015.
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Nursa Front and the ISIS will not be included in the proposed Syrian ceasefire. The officials also said that the campaign against the rebel group will continue until they are destroyed completely.
“The main thing is that we came to an unambiguous conclusion that the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 will remain the main basis for us to move forward,” RT quoted Lavrov as he spoke to journalists in Switzerland.
The two officials also talked about practical measures to uphold the ceasefire during the negotiations. The Russian foreign minister did stress that the truce will not extend to “terrorist organizations [ISIS] and the Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra).”
“They can’t be subject to an agreement on a ceasefire as they remain our enemies. And we’ll continue to fight them until their complete annihilation,” added Lavrov.
Both countries also emphasized that peace talks between opposition and the Syrian government should not be postponed or held beyond January. Moscow and Washington stressed that peace talks should start in the next few days, according to the Russian minister.
In relation to the peace talks, Sky News reports that the Russia showcased its military power currently deployed in Syria days before the said negotiations. Helicopter gunships along with warplanes took off consecutively as several Moscow-based journalists were given entry to the Latakia base. There were also two heavy transport planes seen near the terminal with rifle-equipped soldiers on board. Russia was previously under fire after several reports claimed it hit more civilians than terrorists. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights countered saying that more than 1,000 civilians were killed ever since Moscow started its campaign in the region.