David Cameron gives cautious welcome to Russia air strikes on IS

David Cameron
David Cameron

David Cameron has cautiously welcomed the decision by Russia to launch military action against Islamic State in Syria.

But the Prime Minister said the UK will need to look "very carefully" at exactly what Russian involvement in the country will entail.

Speaking during an official visit to Jamaica, Mr Cameron said: "We will need to look very carefully at exactly what has happened. I have a clear view that if this is a part of international action against Isil, that appalling terrorist death cult outfit, then that is all to the good.

"If, on the other hand, this is action against the Free Syrian Army in support of Assad the dictator, then obviously that is a retrograde step but let us see exactly what has happened."

Air strikes already under way

The Russian parliament voted in favour of military intervention in the country after receiving a request for assistance from President Assad.

Russia has already begun carrying out air strikes in the country.