Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian Army to destroy any targets that threaten Russian forces in Syria.
“I order you to act as tough as possible... Any targets threatening our (military) group or land infrastructure must be immediately destroyed," Putin said at a Defence Ministry event.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu also announced that the DAESH terrorist group now controls nearly 70 percent of Syria.
After a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was shot down by Turkish F-16s for violating Turkish airspace, Russia has increased its military measures by sending its warships and deploying its S-300 and S-400 air defense missile system in the region.
Russia began its aerial campaign over Syria on Sept. 30, initially saying it would be targeting positions held by the DAESH terrorist group, but concerns were raised when it appeared that the majority of Russian air strikes were targeting the Syrian opposition fighting against Bashar al Assad’s regime and DAESH.
Brett McGurk, US Special Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter DAESH, said that only 30 percent of Russian air strikes target DAESH.
Meanwhile, Russian air attacks have killed 1,331 people, including at least 403 civilians from September 30 to November 20 in 2015, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
Russian attacks have also forced at least 120,000 Syrians to leave their homes.