As the international coalition against ISIL and others called on Russia to halt air strikes on targets in Syria.
Russia responded by stating the air campaign would last for three to four months.
Syria’s Foreign Minister addressed the United Nations and explained the country’s government is focused on the war:
“Syria can not take policy measures to arrange elections or the constitution as terrorism spreads across the country killing innocent victims.”
The foreign secretary added that cooperation between ground and air forces were key to success.
“We can not combat terrorism only by air strikes. Without the collaboration of the Syrian Arab army air strikes alone simply spread terrorism.”
The Syrian military say that Russia has carried out 18 air attacks since Thursday, a number in Aleppo, Hama and Idlib, areas with a sparse ISIL presence.