Russia will continue to provide support to Syria to combat terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

“Russia will continue helping Syria to maintain its combat capability to fight against terrorism,” Lavrov told reporters after meeting his Syrian counterpart in Sochi.

Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011, which has claimed the lives of almost 200,000 people.

The Syrian government forces are currently fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and opposition rebel forces.

Russia has been providing Syria with aid on the basis of earlier-signed contracts. Earlier in November, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated that Syria would shortly be receiving Russian-made anti-aircraft S-300 weapons systems, the delivery of which had been previously suspended by Russia.