In a landmark announcement the US and Russian led coalitions currently operating in Syria agreed to put aside disagreements over the future of dictator Bashar al-Assad to focus all their firepower on jihadi militants. The move comes as Britain is poised to join the growing number of countries committed to obliterating ISIS from the air.
Mr Putin and French President Francois Hollande, who have enjoyed an increasingly warm relationship in the aftermath of the horrific Paris attacks, reached the breakthrough compromise during crunch talks last night.The firebrand Russian leader even had warm words for the US-led coalition – set to include the UK – and offered to temporarily put aside political differences for the greater good.
The agreement could see airstrikes against ISIS intensify
Until now the West and Russia have been pummelling the jihadis separately
We view the US-led coalition with respect and stand ready to cooperate with it
Mr Putin has suspended a visa-free travel arrangement with Turkey and announced he will plough millions of pounds into a new missile defence system as relations between Moscow and Ankara plummeted to freezing point.The strongman Russian president accused Turkish authorities of refusing to share intel about Russian Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis and suggested that the US had been complicit in the downing of one of his warplanes over Syria.
Mr Putin has sent a new rocket system to Syria in retaliation
But a furious Mr Putin said the Middle Eastern nation had ”thoughtlessly and rudely” severed ties with his country and called for the Ankara-backed Syrian Turkmen group to be “blacklisted” by the international community.The group’s fighters claim to have shot at the two pilots of the Russian jet after the ejected from their burning craft, killing one in the air.