Cameron: Russian military action in Syria is a 'terrible mistake'

David Cameron said military action in Russia could cause further instability in the region. Credit: PA

David Cameron has said that Russia's decision to take military action in Syria to support Bashar al-Assad's regime is a "terrible mistake".

Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision could cause further instability for the region, the prime minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

They are backing the butcher Assad, which is a terrible mistake for them and for the world. It's going to make the region more unstable.

– David Cameron

Russia has been conducting air strikes in Syria, including Islamic State targets.

However, Cameron said that Russia had also been carrying out air strikes on other targets.

"Most of the Russian air strikes, as far as we've been able to see so far, have been in parts of Syria not controlled by ISIL (Islamic State), but controlled by other opponents of the regime," Cameron told the BBC.