The last Russia’s military actions in Syria has exacerbated divisions within the U.S. administration about whether the President of Russia Vladimir Putin supports the UN initiative to end the civil war in Syria, or he uses the negotiations to mask the resumption of military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, reports Reuters.
Several U.S. officials on condition of anonymity, told the news Agency that Russia is once again placed artillery near the city of Aleppo, around which the fighting continued. In addition, according to them, despite the withdrawal of the main forces from Syria in March, Russia has strengthened its grouping advanced helicopter gunships and resumed air strikes on moderate opposition groups.
All this has prompted some US officials to warn that the lack of response will be considered by Moscow as a sign of indecision the United States. This, according to sources, Reuters, may encourage Russia to go on the escalation of the conflict with Washington and its allies through a more “provocative” exercises of Russian forces in the air and at sea.
The USA’s refusal to respond, officials say, will contribute to further worsening of Washington with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries who are interested in the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, as well as with Turkey.
According to interlocutors of Agency, the answer would be to support Syrian opposition groups by supplying them via a third country anti-tank missiles and grenade launchers.
However, interlocutors Reuters noted that some American officials, including national security adviser Susan rice, rejected any strengthening of the U.S. actions in Syria.
In the White house refused to comment on the Agency any internal contradictions over Syria and intentions of the President of Russia. In Moscow repeatedly declared that in Syria are fighting Islamic terrorists, and Assad’s fate is up to the Syrian people.
U.S. President Barack Obama has long been unwilling to deepen the U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, Reuters reports. In October 2015 he said that will not involve Washington in a hybrid war with Russia, and his administration concentrated on the fight against “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization).
Reuters notes that from the beginning of military operation of Russia in Syria, which began on 30 September 2015, the U.S. and other Western countries tried to “read” the intentions of Moscow in this operation. Putin orders to withdraw from Syria, the bulk of the troops, which he gave March 14, 2016, not made for Western countries is clarity about Moscow’s intentions.
That in a neighborhood of Syria were deployed by Russian artillery units, April 20, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing official sources in the United States. The next day, the Deputy Advisor to the President for national security Ben Rhodes said that the White house is concerned about the information that Russia increased its military supplies to Syria.