China is cooperating with both Russia and the United States in the fight against international terrorism in Syria, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Chen Gopin said on Tuesday. “Talking about the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, several countries are coordinating their efforts in the fight against this terrorist organization Gopin said, adding that “concerning China’s participation in coordinating international efforts on fighting against international terrorism, China is also involved in this process. Comprehensive cooperation with US and Russia has been established.”
TASS reported on Tuesday that Moscow is concerned with reports about a coalition airstrike at Syrian government forces which killed civilians in Al-Hasakah, in the far north-eastern corner of Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that “Moscow is seriously concerned with new reports about the US-led coalition’s airstrike at Syrian government forces positions near Deir ez-Zor on December 6, as well as with consequences of the airstrike at wrong targets near the Al-khan settlement in the Syrian province of Hasaka that led to considerable losses among peaceful civilians.”
But the US military insisted on Monday that Russian warplanes were responsible for the attack on the Syrian army position. A US military official told The Washington Post that the Pentagon is “certain” that a Russian warplane carried out the attack. There was no response to that calim from either Syria or Russia.
Meanwhile, according to Xinhua, Russia has been in touch with the government of Cyprus to discuss the use of military facilities as part of its campaign against the Islamic State. Russian ambassador to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy said on Monday Cyprus has offered similar facilities to France and Germany. “We are discussing the issue with the [Cypriot] foreign ministry,” Osadchiy said, “I think that we’ll find a way to get these facilities.”
Russia currently carries out its attacks against ISIS from an air base near Latakia in Syria. It needs military facilities in Cyprus as backup. Cyprus’ military cooperation agreement with France grants French planes use of an air base near the southwestern city of Paphos for refueling and maintenance.