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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The defense Ministry responded to the claims of U.S. strikes in Syria


Russian and American military discussed the situation about the actions of videoconferencing in the South of Syria near al-TANF. Earlier, the US accused Russia that blows there inflicted on the Syrian opposition, which is supported by the United States. The defense Ministry explained that the Russian aircraft have participated in operations in areas that have not been declared the US as the territory in which the operating group that joined the reconciliation agreement.

The representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov said that on Saturday between the military of the Russian Federation and the United States was videconference for the implementation of the Memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents in the airspace of Syria.

At this conference addressed the issue of the actions of videoconferencing in the South of Syria near al-TANF. Previously, foreign media reported that the Pentagon accused the Russian side in the strikes on the Syrian opposition, which participates with US in the battle against ISIS (banned in Russia). It was reported that the United States sent to this district two fighter pilots who tried to contact the Russian pilots, but they failed. Later at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced that Washington demands from Moscow of explanations and promises that it will never happen again.

The defense Ministry in turn stated that the Russian planes struck at the facility in Syria, which was located within 300 km of areas that have been declared the US as the area where there is the Syrian opposition that have joined the agreement on a cease-fire.

In addition, VKS RF, in accordance with agreed procedures, had warned the U.S.-led coalition about where you intend to strike. At the same time the American side has not provided the coordinates of the areas where the opposition was not allowed to take steps to clarify the goals of Russian aviation, stated in the message of the Russian military.

Konashenkov noted that thus the actions of videoconferencing in Syria fully complies with the provisions of the Joint statement of Russia and the United States on the cessation of hostilities in Syria.

The deployment of Russian troops in Syria. Chronicle of events

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