Skip to main content

Syria: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2619, tabled on 14 October 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of Russian co-ordination of its armed action against the rebels and Daesh in Syria.

Answered on

21 October 2015

Russian actions have complicated the situation in Syria. Over 85 per cent of Russian strikes have been carried out in areas where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is not present. Several hundred civilians, including members of the moderate opposition, are reported to have been killed in Russian strikes. This makes clear that Russia’s priority is not defeating ISIL, but supporting Assad.