Kremlin: Russia funding air operation in Syria
The operation of Russian aerospace forces in Syria is being funded by Russia, RIA Novosti quoted the Russian president's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, as saying Oct. 1.
"The Russian side is financing [the operations]," Peskov told reporters, answering a question about who provides funding for the said operations.
He also noted that the terrorist and extremist organizations, which are being struck by Russia in Syria, are defined in coordination with Syrian armed forces.
"Those organizations are known, and, of course, the targets are defined in coordination with the armed forces of Syria," Peskov said, answering another reporter question whether there is a list of terrorist and extremist organizations that are being struck in Syria.
Earlier, Russia's President Vladimir Putin appealed to the country's Federation Council for a permission to use the Russian armed forces abroad. The Federation Council granted the request.
Russian Defense Ministry has said the aircraft of the country's aerospace forces launched air operations with pinpoint strikes on terrorists from the radical group "Islamic State" in Syria.
"Russia intends to use aircraft solely, acting at a request of the Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is fighting the "Islamic State" terrorists," the head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Ivanov, said Sept. 30.