Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday voted to allow military deployment in Syria in order to launch airstrikes against the ISIL at the request of President Vladimir Putin after ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asked Moscow for military aid.
Russia's Federation Council chamber voted on the measure after receiving a request from Syria for military aid. Russian ground troops have been ruled out of the conflict, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov said.
"The Federation Council unanimously supported the president's request -- 162 votes in favor," Ivanov said.
"The operation's military goal is exclusively air support of the Syrian armed forces in their fight against ISIL," Ivanov said. "We are not pursing any foreign political goals or ambitions, of which we have been regularly accused. The point is just to defend Russia's national interests." /End/