The official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia major-General Igor Konashenkov called the statement of the French Minister of defense Jean-Yves Le Drian about the imminent start of the operation to liberate Raqqa far from reality. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
The French Minister said that raqqa, captured by militants of the “Islamic state” (IG, an organization banned in Russia), surrounded by, and her release could begin in the coming days.
Konashenkov noted that the optimism Le Drian “has some special national sources of inspiration, not related to the reality and situation on the ground”. He also stressed that the liberation of Raqqa can’t be easy for the international coalition.
“The real success and the completion of this operation will depend on the understanding and readiness to coordinate their actions with all forces fighting in Syria against international terrorism”, — he stressed.
Konashenkov mentioned in this context of a complex situation in Mosul, where a “rainbow slogans about the environment and the imminent victory of the coalition” has inflicted heavy losses on the Iraqi forces and humanitarian disaster.