Amid accusations by the United States Russia is conducting airstrikes on “moderate” opposition to the government of Bashar al-Assad, a Kremlin spokesman hinted all the mercenaries in Syria are “immoderate.”

“I don’t think anybody has yet explained what moderate opposition is, and Putin demonstrated quite active interest in the issue and asked in which way the moderate opposition was different from the immoderate opposition,” Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, told Rossiya 1 TV.

On Friday in Paris at the Normandy format talks the issue was discussed. During the meeting Putin had one-on-one conversations with German and French leaders.

Putin told his French counterpart Francois Hollande Russia is targeting terrorists and protecting the territorial integrity of Syria.

The Normandy format consists of diplomatic discussions between Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France and concentrate primarily on the situation in East Ukraine.

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