Free Syrian Army soldiers in the Syrian border town of Azaz, north of Aleppo. Photo AP/Turkpix
The Western-backed Free Syrian Army said on Monday it had not refused an offer of military support from Russia and that Moscow needs to stop targeting its bases in Syria.
“We didn’t turn down the offer. We just said if the Russians are serious in their offer they should stop immediately targeting our bases and targeting the civil areas,” Major Issam Al Reis, a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army, told the BBC.
“We don’t need the help now, they should stop attacking our bases and then we can talk about future co-operation.”
“Yes, they were here, including this (week) too,” he said, answering a question on whether the group had visited Moscow last week, according to Interfax news agency.