The operation against the Islamic State (IS, outlawed in Russia) terrorist group in Syria continues, and any truce with terrorists is impossible, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
“There are clashes with terrorists … There are no clashes with opposition forces, because there are terrorists there, IS. The operation against IS continues,” Peskov told reporters answering a question on whether a truce will be introduced in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.
When asked about Russia’s plans to introduce a truce in this area Peskov said that “any truce with IS is impossible.”
When another journalist asked that maybe his colleague asked about the Russian Defense Ministry’s proposal to introduce a ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, Peskov said that “the colleague asked about a truce and he received an answer to his question.”
On Monday, the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation proposed to introduce a two-day silence regime on November 28 in the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone to ease tensions in the western part of the zone.
According to the Russian military, such measures could ease tensions in the western part of Eastern Ghouta, where the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as Nusra Front, outlawed in Russia) terrorist group, and other armed formations have intensified shelling of government-controlled areas.