NATO has reported a build up of land forces of Russia in Syria. This statement was said against the assumptions of the Pentagon that Russia will soon begin a ground operation in Syria and the warnings of the state Duma about the possible migration of “Russian volunteers” of Donbass in the ranks of the government army Bashar al-Assad.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed “significant buildup” of Russian forces in Syria, reports Reuters. According to the head of the Alliance, including the army.
On the eve of the two sources at the Pentagon, in conversation with CNN said that the transfer of Russian military in Syria and arming, likely to indicate the intention of Russian leadership to launch a full-scale ground operation against the terrorists. The sides of the channel believe that in this scenario the actions of the Russian side will be directed against the rebels and the opposition, fighting the Assad regime, not against, prohibited in the Russian Federation the terrorist organization “Islamic state”.
In addition, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov called upon to send to Syria and ground forces. “It’s a shame that it’s only air force that there is not used the infantry,” said he. Kadyrov said that the war against “those devils” ready to go “thousands of volunteers”. “We are the first to stand up. We are working on it for a year plus, we have a combat readiness number one” – said the head of Chechnya.
In an interview with the American TV channels on the eve of the speech at 70th UN General Assembly the Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia does not intend to participate in a ground operation in Syria. At the same time just six months ago in an interview with the Egyptian newspaper “al-Ahram” published on the website of the Kremlin, the Russian leader warned that airstrikes alone with the threat of terrorism can not cope.
The head of the Commission the HRC on the rights of military men Sergey Krivenko believes that the words of Putin that Syria will be limited to the air operation were made for the preservation of the public peace.
Double invasion Russian airspace, Turkey’s NATO considers non-random
In addition, NATO again commented on the situation with the violation of its airspace by Russian aircraft. Stoltenberg has not confirmed media reports that Russian planes were allegedly brought his weapons on Turkish planes. “I can’t confirm this information”, – TASS quotes the head of the military unit.
Earlier some Western media claimed that the aircraft radars of the Russian Federation were captured in the goals of the Turkish fighters, which subsequently was not confirmed by any official entity.
At the same time, Stoltenberg said that the incident may not have been an accident. “From our point of view, it doesn’t look like an accident. This is a serious violation of the airspace. In addition there were two cases of violations in a weekend”, – quotes “Interfax” the words of the NATO Secretary General at a press conference in Brussels.
Stoltenberg said that the Alliance, which member is Turkey, received “no real explanation” of the causes of the incident with the participation of Russian aviation. The NATO head added that direct contacts military Alliance with Moscow on this issue has not yet been.
The day before Stoltenberg urged Russia to “fully respect the airspace of NATO and to avoid an escalation of tensions with the Alliance”.