Russia: Putin talks Navy's anti-IS airstrikes, Syria's "healthy" opposition with DM Shoigu

Russia is ready to cooperate with the “the so-called ‘healthy’ part of the opposition” in Syria according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who held a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Sochi on Wednesday. Putin discussed his recent meeting with French President Francois Hollande, in which the latter reportedly suggested combining the "efforts of government troops… and the so-called Free Syrian army.” While Putin responded by saying such unity would be a "good foundation for an eventual political settlement in Syria," he added that such a proposal is based on “assuming" that there is a "healthy military wing” of the opposition. The Russian leader also emphasised the need to "continue working with foreign partners, because without their participation” problems will continue to arise. Earlier on Wednesday Russian naval forces struck targets inside Syria from the Caspian Sea.

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