Syrian government troops and Russian armed forces «had carried out only a small part of the operations» against ISIS* in the Arab country. This opinion was expressed by the representative of the Pentagon Eric Pahon. According to him, most of the countries liberated through the efforts of the United States. In Russian government circles reacted to the statement Pahana reproaching us military irrationality. Earlier, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia called the US action in Syria, «the dismemberment of the country.»
A Pentagon spokesman in Syria and Iraq Eric Pahon stated that the main contribution to the liberation of the Arab Republic from terrorists «Islamic state»* was achieved by the forces of the international coalition under U.S. auspices. However, he declined to comment on the statement of Russian defense Ministry about the imminent release of militants Syria East of the Euphrates river.
«The Syrian regime and the Russian Federation has not demonstrated a serious approach to defeat ISIS. They carried out only a small part of operations against ISIS, and most of the territory liberated in Iraq and Syria, was freed thanks to the efforts of the global coalition and its partners. The global coalition will continue operations in Syria in support of forces on the ground to complete defeat ISIS and stabilize the situation in the liberated territories. And this, in turn, will allow the Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons to return to their homes», — quotes RIA Novosti words Pahana.
Earlier, the Russian defense Ministry announced that Syria held the first meeting of the delegates of the management Committee of the Eastern territories of the Euphrates, which was attended by the representative of the Russian group of forces in Syria.
During the meeting, the representative of the Kurdish forces announced that they are ready to ensure security of Russian military on the Eastern Bank of the Euphrates. The representative of the Kurds also stressed that the Committee members consider the Eastern province of Deir ez-Zor as a inseparable part of Syria.
The first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Franz Klintsevich, commenting on Pachana, suggested the us military to refer to «elementary logic», before making such far-reaching statements on the situation in Syria.
«If you listen to the Pentagon, it turns out that the US-led coalition liberating Syria from ISIS, and then passes it under the control of government forces of Bashar al-Assad, who considers his worst enemy. It is clear that this can not be in principle. But today, almost 98% of the country controlled by the governmental troops», — said the Senator.
«So my advice to Eric Pagano: before something to say, you should at least read a textbook on elementary logic», — quotes the statement of the Klintsevich RIA Novosti.
Monday, December 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the government forces of Syria with the support of Russian troops liberated from the terrorists almost the entire territory of Syria.
«Many Christian churches, monasteries looted and destroyed. Today the situation in this country is gradually changing. Syrian forces backed by Russian military freed from terrorists in almost the entire country, including places of historic residence of the Christians,» — said Putin.
Statement of the Pentagon about the success of the United States in the Syrian settlement cast doubt on the professionalism of the U.S. military, said a member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak.
«The attempt of the Pentagon to give Russia’s successes in the fight against terrorists in Syria for the victory of the US-led coalition looks unseemly for the U.S. military and raises doubts about the professionalism of Mr. Pahana. A military man ought not to embezzle the military services and commit fraud», — quotes RIA Novosti words of a Russian parliamentarian.
«The dismemberment of the Republic»
In late November, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia described the actions of the US-led coalition in Syria as the violation of the territorial integrity of the country.
«What the coalition is a real dismemberment of the country», — said during the meeting of the UN security Council the sebenza.
The diplomat stressed: from different sources, «reports that with the direct participation of the coalition in the liberation from ISIS areas are being established by some local authorities, which stipulate measures for the economic recovery of Syria.»
Also in the American media began circulating reports that the us government does not intend to withdraw its troops from Syria even after the complete victory over the «Islamic state» to continue to exert pressure on the Assad government. In particular, the newspaper The Washington Post wrote that the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops could give Assad Syria that guarantees the Syrian leader political survival, which the current administration sees as a political victory for Iran.
During the talks in Sochi, held on 20 November, Putin said Bashar al-Assad that Russia completes military operation in Syria.
«I think the problem of terrorism is global in nature. Until the full victory over terrorism is, of course, still very far away. But as for our joint work on the fight against terrorists in Syria, this military operation is really completed,» — said Putin.
Bashar al-Assad thanked the management team of the defense Ministry and the General staff of the Russian armed forces at the meeting in Sochi, noting the role of the Russian armed forces in the rescue of Syria.
«Thanks to your actions and the actions of the Syrian army and our allies, many Syrians could return home. On behalf of the Syrian people, I extend my appreciation to you for what you did. We will never forget it,» — said the Syrian leader.
Earlier, the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu summed up the results of the first two years of operation, the Russian HQs in Syria. He said that during this time, the group has eliminated more than 900 training camps, more than 660 plants for the production of ammunition and 1.5 million pieces of military equipment ISIS and liberated 998 settlements. During this period, have returned home to 1.12 million people.
* «Islamic state» (IG) — declared a terrorist organization by the decision of the Supreme court dated 29.12.2014.