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Russia air strikes in Syria worrying: Turkish president

Iran Press TV

Sun Oct 4, 2015 3:34PM

Turkey's president has expressed concern over Russia's bombing campaign against terrorists in Syria as Moscow says its airstrikes have inflicted severe harm on the Daesh Takfiri group.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Russia's actions in Syria are 'worrying and disturbing.'

'The steps Russia is taking and the bombing campaign in Syria are quite unacceptable to Turkey,' he added.

The Turkish president acknowledged that Russia's airstrikes against the Western-backed militants, who are fighting the government in Syria, have 'saddened" him.

Erdogan's remarks came after the Russian defense ministry announced Russian forces have intensified their anti-militancy operations in Syria.

'Over the past 24 hours SU-34, SU-24M and SU-25 jets made 20 sorties,' it said.

Russia's SU-25 jets have targeted a training camp in the northwestern Idlib Province and 'destroyed the terrorists' hideouts and a workshop making makeshift explosive devices including 'suicide belts',' it said.

'From the airbase of Hmeimim, the Russian aviation group is continuing to ramp up air strikes using high-precision missiles against the ISIS (Daesh) facilities in Syria,' it said.

The base of Hmeimim is situated in Latakia Province on the Mediterranean coast.

The defense ministry said its warplanes had used powerful concrete-buster munitions in its precision-targeting operations against Daesh.

'Four command posts of ISIS armed groups have been destroyed with the help of concrete-piercing BETAB-500 bombs,' said the defense ministry.

SU-34 bombers attacked a Daesh training camp and ammunition depot in Raqa Province, dropping guided bombs and destroying the camp, the ministry said.

The Russian raids have drawn criticism from Western governments and their allies in the Middle East, which have been supporting the militants operating in the region.

Russia, however, has dismissed the Western propaganda against its military offensive, saying its airstrikes, which began on Wednesday, are only targeting terrorists such as Daesh and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

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