SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – US Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell argues that the “Russian mercenaries” allegedly tried to attack the positions of the US military in Syria recently.
“The reckless intervention in Syria and the support of the regime (Syrian President Bashar) Assad increased the risk of confrontation with the West.” The failed attack on US forces by Russian mercenaries recently in Syria was one of the sobering examples of such behavior, “the written testimony of Mitchell to the international committee of the US House of Representatives.
He noted that the conflict in Syria can be resolved only during the Geneva talks under the aegis of the UN. “We insist that Russia be a constructive participant in this process and bring Assad to the negotiating table.” So far, Russia has ignored these calls and instead began to frustrate (negotiations) in Geneva, “the US diplomat said.
In February, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirms the death of five Russians as a result of a US-led coalition in Syria, but their citizenship needs to be confirmed. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation added that she was not talking about Russian servicemen.
Earlier, the coalition declared an “unprovoked attack” on the headquarters of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) by pro-government armed groups eight kilometers east of the agreed conflict prevention line on the Euphrates River in Deir ez Zor province. The message of the command indicated that retaliatory blows had been struck “to reflect the act of aggression against the partners involved in the fight against the IS grouping.” In the American media it was reported that about 100 fighters of the Syrian pro-government forces were killed.
According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as a result of the attack, 25 Syrian militiamen were injured. The Russian military department also noted that the incident was caused by reconnaissance and search operations of militiamen in the area of the oil refinery not coordinated with the Russian Federation against the “sleeping IS cell”. However, in the Ministry of Defense, in contrast to the Pentagon, it was noted that the shelling of the militiamen was sudden.