Russia Threatens to Pull out from US-led Coalition against ISIS

Russia Threatens to Pull out from US-led Coalition against ISIS
Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:18:07

The Kremlin leader has threaten to withdraw the coalition which is led by the United States in Syria if another Russian warplane is shot down.

Vladimir Putin warned his cooperation with the US-led coalition will be jeopardized if there is any repeat of "unacceptable" military action against his air force.

Speaking after talks with French president Francois Hollande, Putin voiced his anger with Turkey - claiming the country's actions were deemed an act of betrayal.

The Russian leader said: "We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States. But of course incidents like the destruction of our aircraft and the deaths of our servicemen... are absolutely unacceptable.

"And we proceed from the position that there will be no repeat of this, otherwise we'll have no need of cooperation with anybody, any coalition, any country."

However Putin said he would order Russia's military to intensify its cooperation with French forces - including exchanging information about targets.

The Moscow leader said he viewed the promise as part of creating a broader international "anti-terrorist" coalition by bringing together Russia and Western countries.

He said he and Hollande had "agreed how we will cooperate in the near future, on a bilateral basis and with, as a whole, the coalition led by the United States".

Putin added: "We are talking about a designation of the territories against which we can conduct strikes, and where it is better to refrain from strikes, about the exchange of information on various issues, and the coordination of our actions on, so to speak, the battlefield."


The Russian leader said he wanted to "avoid duplication and avoid strikes on those territories and groups which are themselves ready to fight terrorism".

He said: "We view this as the formation of a wide anti-terrorist coalition under the aegis of the United Nations."

It comes days after the Russian Su-24 bomber jet was blasted out of the sky by the Turkish military, for allegedly entering its airspace.

However US officials have since revealed that the flight's heat map suggested it was in Syrian airspace at the time - supporting Putin's claims.

Footage also emerged of both pilots allegedly being shot at by Syrian rebels shouting "Allah Akbar" - killing one of them. reported.


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