Russian president Vladimir Putin has blasted the US by claiming they are more concerned with overthrowing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad than tackling the evil Islamic State. Putin’s comments come less than two weeks after he mocked the West for not getting “results”– after Russia claimed it has hit 55 more ISIS targets in Syria. Speaking in Sochi, the Moscow leader claimed that the Pentagon’s “goal is to get rid of Assad”.

He went on: “Our goal is to defeat terrorism, fight terror, help President Assad defeat terror, thus creating conditions for the start, and, I hope, successful conclusion of the political settlement process. “I believe this is the only right way.” Last week US-led coalition forces announced they staged 24 attacks on the abhorrent terror group. But Putin hit out at Western forces “who say they are fighting terrorism but do not demonstrate results”. FULL REPORT