The Russian Defence Ministry has commented on the disagreements with the United States over the landmark INF Treaty, as well as the situation in Syria, particularly in areas, controlled by the US-led coalition and its allies.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu recently sent two notes to US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, one of them was about Syria, the ministry stated. The document
“…the US-led international coalition has been unable to complete the defeat of Daesh* terrorist units near the locality of Hajin in the past 6 months”, the ministry said.
According to the statement, 2,000 militants continued to control nine settlements along the east bank of the Euphrates River, where in recent months at least 1,500 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes.
The ministry, said Shoigu in the note to Mattis, also focused on the problem of the Rukban camp, where over 50,000 Syrians are located.
“The American military base in At Tanf and the US-controlled armed gangs in that area are the main obstacles for the Rukban refugees in obtaining the necessary assistance and organising their return to their former homes”, it said.
The document also expressed deep concern over the growing Kurdish-Arab contradictions, pointing out there had been no progress in the US-supported “autonomous administration” on the east bank of the Euphrates in restoring peaceful life to Syria, adding that hydrocarbon smuggling, which was taking place with actual US connivance, negatively affected the prospects of restoring the Syrian economy.