The Russian Defense Ministry has raised the issue of some 300 ISIL terrorists on pickup trucks infiltrating through a US-controlled zone in Syria’s al-Tanf.
The Russian Defense Ministry has urged “the US side to explain its selective blindness regarding militants” operating near US forces in Syria.
The ministry’s spokesman said the 300 ISIL militants tried to block a strategically important road linking Damascus and Deir ez-Zor, used for delivering humanitarian aid for civilians and supplies for the Syrian Army.
Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that truce in the southern de-escalation zone in Syria could be undermined after the relocation of 600 militants and two convoys with medical aid into the area.
“Considering such significant reinforcement in terms of personnel and supplements, at the US’ tacit approval, one does not have to be an expert to forecast an attempt to derail the truce in the southern de-escalation zone”, he said.
The spokesman underscored the US would bear all the responsibility for sabotaging the peace process in Syria.
Attempt to Split Syria
For his part, Director of the North America Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Georgiy Borisenko said that US actions near the al-Tanf base in Syria are reminiscent of an attempt to divide the war-torn state:
“Of course, we have a lot of questions about what the Americans are doing in Syria. Unlike the Russian forces, they are there in violation of international law,” Borisenko said in an interview with Sputnik.
“They even establish certain zones, for example, in the Al-Tanf area, where they refuse to allow the forces of the legitimate government. In fact, this is reminiscent of an attempt to divide the country, split Syria in order to create governing bodies controlled by the United States and its allies in certain part [of Syria],” the Russian diplomat stressed.