Berlin will not cooperate with Moscow in the military sphere in countering Daesh, also known as ISIL/the Islamic State, the Chief of the Chancellery of the Federal Minister for Special Affairs said Saturday.
“We certainly shall not enter into a military union with Russia to fight IS,” Peter Altmaier told Der Spiegel magazine.
On Friday, Germany’s parliament approved a military campaign against the Islamic State as part of the US-led international coalition. The campaign will end on December 31, 2016, and will cost more than $145 million. The decision now needs to be approved by the country’s Bundesrat which comprises of representatives from Germany’s 16 federal regions.
Members of the coalition do not see Assad as the legitimate ruler of Syria, and have been supporting the so-called moderate opposition in the country that seeks to oust him.
Russia has been launching airstrikes against Daesh positions in Syria on Assad’s request since September.
“This is a direct threat to Russia from Germany & Putin will respond to this very harshly”