PARIS: Russian air strikes in Syria will last for three to four months and will intensify, a senior Russian lawmaker said Friday as President Vladimir Putin was due in Paris for talks.
“There is always a risk of getting bogged down but in Moscow they’re talking about three to four months of operations,” Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s lower house of parliament, told France’s Europe 1 radio.
Pushkov said more than 2,500 air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria had failed to inflict significant damage on ISIS, but Russia’s campaign would be more intensive to achieve results.
“I think it’s the intensity that is important. The U.S.-led coalition has pretended to bomb Daesh (another name for ISIS) for a year, without results.
“If you do it in a more efficient way, I think you’ll see results,” he said.
Putin is due to hold talks with President Francois Hollande in the French capital on Syria before attending a summit also involving the leaders of Ukraine and Germany aimed at consolidating the fragile peace in Ukraine.