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 Germany will not cooperate with Russia in Syria

Berlin is not going to cooperate with the Russian military in the fight against ISIS, head of the German Federal Chancellery Peter Altmaier told Spiegel.

Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

According to Altmaier, neither Germany nor the European Union will help Syrian President Bashar Assad and loyal troops.

"Together with Russia, we sit at the same table in Vienna, he said, referring to the political process on the Syrian crisis. At the same time, we are not going, for sure, to enter into a military alliance with Russia to fight against ISIS," Altmaier said.

On Friday, Germany's Bundestag has approved contribution to the military efforts against Islamic State in Syria. 445 out of 598 MPs voted for military action with 146 voting against. Seven members of Bundestag abstained.

Read more: Turkey has not flown any air missions in Syria after Russian fighter jet was downed - Reuters

Germany will deploy six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to back up the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle already present in Syrian waters, a refueling aircraft, and up to 1,200 troops to Syria. Berlin says the mission will be of support nature only, as the German air detachment will not take any part in the airstrikes against Islamic State's targets.

Moreover, the 1,200-strong Bundeswehr task force's deployment in Syria approved by the German parliament Friday might be reinforced by elite special forces, the KSK, according to local media.
 
 
 
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