Russia began air and sea strikes against ISIS earlier this month
Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov said: “Our group in the Mediterranean primarily supplies materials.
“For this to go unhampered, a group of attack vessels is deployed there as well.
“In addition, this group guarantees our base’s air defence. We are in no way using these air defence systems against coalition countries.”
The terror group controls much of Syria
They have reportedly killed hundreds of terrorists and destroyed the self-styled caliphate’s arms depot and fuel supplies.
The jets are currently supporting currently supporting an attack by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s resurgent army.
Assad is a long-time ally of Putin but Washington believes the leader must be overthrown if ISIS are to be defeated.