Russia Won’t Stop Bombing Mission in Syria After Cease-Fire

MOSCOW (AP) -
This photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 shows a target hit during s Russian air raid in Syria. Russian Defense Ministry said the strike was performed by an Su-34M bomber in Aleppo province. (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)
This photo taken from footage from the Russian Defense Ministry’s official site on Nov. 2 shows a target hit during a Russian air raid in Syria. (AP Photo/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow won’t stop its air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria if and when a cease-fire there is announced.

The United States, Russia and Middle East nations are pushing for a political settlement in Syria that would bring the opposition and the Syrian government together for talks.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in an interview with the Interfax news agency on Thursday that the cease-fire is “meant to happen between parties of the Syrian domestic conflict” but “this doesn’t mean an end to the war on IS and other terrorist groups.”

Bogdanov said Russia should use any lull in hostilities to intensify its air strikes on IS terrorists.