The Russian defense Ministry commented on the statement of US state Department, which had earlier urged other countries not to support the Russian tankers that supply fuel to the air group of the Russian Federation in Syria. Recently, the media wrotethat Russia is in violation of European sanctions supplies to Syria fuel through the territorial waters of the European Union.
“Such statements of the representative of the state Department, unfortunately, confirmed our previous assessment that the fight against international terrorism in Syria never was a target of the outgoing US administration,” – said the official representative of the military Department major General Igor Konashenkov (quoted by “Interfax”).
“If you can’t or don’t want to fight ISIS (DAISH) and “An-Nusra” (the two terrorist organizations banned in Russia – Approx. NEWSru.com), at least do not interfere”, – said Konashenkov.
The representative of the Ministry of defense said that if the United States delayed any negotiations on the fight against terrorists in Syria, now the state Department urged other countries to interfere with the Russian military, “in order to offset the failures of American policy in this country starting in 2014″.
Konashenkov also said that during the year the operations in Syria, Russia managed to do that, “the US-led so-called international coalition still can only dream of” more than two thousand communities have returned to civilian life, 86 armed groups have stopped fighting, and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have returned to their homes across the country to re-build a peaceful life, reports RIA “Novosti”.
Earlier journalists of the Reuters news Agency, citing an informed source wrote that Russia is in violation of European sanctions supplies to Syria fuel through the territorial waters of the European Union. This, in particular, it is necessary to continue airstrikes HQs of the Russian Federation and the Syrian military on the terrorists and the armed opposition, said the Agency interlocutor.
It was reported that at least two ships under the Russian flag makes deliveries through the waters of Cyprus and Greece. While the supply has increased dramatically in October: in one to two weeks, the tankers were taken to Syria, 20 thousand tons of aviation fuel worth approximately nine million dollars.
Two years ago, the Council banned any shipments of jet fuel to Syria through the territory of the EU or out of it. This prohibition also applies to fuel produced outside the European Union.