MOSCOW (AP) â€” A top Russian diplomat says Moscow won't stop its air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria if & when a cease-fire there is announced.
The United States, Russia & Middle East nations are pushing for a political settlement in Syria that would bring the opposition & the Syrian government together for talks.
Russia's deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in an interview with the Interfax news agency on Thursday that the cease-fire is "meant to happen between parties of the Syrian domestic conflict" yet that "this doesn't mean an end to war on IS & other terrorist groups."
p>Bogdanov said Russia should use any lull in hostilities to intensify its air strikes on IS militants.US International NewsPolitics & GovernmentRussiaSyria
Source: “Associated Press”