Russia won't stop bombing mission in Syria after cease-fire

Russia won't stop bombing mission in Syria after cease-fire

MOSCOW (AP) — 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”

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