The defense Ministry responded to the claims of U.S. air strikes, Russian HQs in Syria


The Ministry of defence explained the shelling positions in Syria, which according to the Pentagon belonged to the forces of the opposition. This was stated to journalists by the official representative of Department major General Igor Konashenkov, reports “Interfax”.

“Representatives of the Russian defense Ministry argued explained that the object subjected to the bombardment, was more than 300 km outside the territories claimed by the American side as the regions where the opposition parties to cease hostilities,” — said Konashenkov.

He said that the Russian aircraft acted according to previously established agreements, “advance notice to the members of the US-led coalition on the selection of ground targets for attacks”. Konashenkov also argues that the American side has not provided the coordinates of the affected areas controlled units, “which is not allowed to take measures to clarify the actions of the Russian aviation”.

According to Konashenkov, Moscow “in the past few months have offered us colleagues to create a single map containing the relevant information on the locations of operating in Syria forces”, but to do it and failed.

Konashenkov claims that during the teleconference representatives of the defense Ministry and the Pentagon has decided to improve the coordination of flights in Syria, to prevent the occurrence of similar situations. He said that “the exchange of views about the incident the case was held in a constructive way.”

The Reuters source in the Pentagon on June 16 said that the Russian aircraft carried out air strikes on rebels fighting against the “Islamic state” (declared a terrorist organization and banned). Thus the interlocutor of Agency has specified that the group supports the United States.

Later, the CNN sources at the Pentagon said that the pilots of American fighters FA-18 tried to contact Russian colleagues, when the planes struck at the rebels. The interlocutor of TV channel said that the response they received.

The press Secretary of the US Embassy in Moscow William Stevens announced Wednesday that Washington demands from Moscow of explanations concerning the impact of Russian VKS opposition forces in Syria. He said that the Pentagon is seeking a “guarantee that it won’t happen again”.

At the same time, the defense Ministry claimed that “Russian aerospace forces and the Syrian air force on opposition militias, declared a cessation of hostilities and reported in the Russian or American centers of reconciliation for information about his location, the strikes did not cause”.