Reuters: Russia says would consider any Iraqi request for airstrikes against IS
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it would consider any request from the Iraqi government to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State inside Iraq, but said it had not yet received such an appeal, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, according to Reuters.
It cited the foreign ministry as saying it would evaluate the "political and military" logic of such a move if a request was forthcoming, Reuters said, citing RIA Novosti.
"Either we have got a corresponding request from the government of Iraq or there is a Security Council resolution whose adoption essentially depends on the Iraqi government's will expression. Should such sufficient grounds exist, both political and military appropriateness will be evaluated," Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's department for new challenges and threats Ilya Rogachev said on Thursday.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia's Federation Council, which is the upper house of that country's parliament, on September 30 authorized the use of Russian air forces in Syria. The decision was supported by all Russian senators.
Russia conducted its first airstrikes in Syria on the same day. The next day, on Thursday, it repeated bombings.