White House: Russia aiding Assad against ISIS impermissible

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September 10, 2015 – 

Russkaya Vesna – 

Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski

“White House: US considers Russia’s aid to the president of Syria impermissible”

The United States supports Russia’s efforts to combat terrorism, but protests against Russia’s aid to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.

Deputy White House Secretary, Eric Schultz, stated this on Wednesday, commenting on  journalists’ questions concerning information which has appeared in the media about Russia supplying weapons to the Arab republic.

“We are ready to welcome the constructive contribution of Russia to fighting the (terrorist) “Islamic State” group, but we have clearly said that any support by anyone, including Russia, for the Assad regime is impermissible,” Schultz said.

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In connection with this, he stated that the US is “deeply concerned” about reports of Russian military aircraft and troops in Syria.

Earlier on Wednesday, an unnamed US official told Reuters that, according to US data, Russia has moved two amphibious assault ships to Syria, including a small number of marines and an additional number of aircraft.

The United States doesn’t exclude the possibility that Russia is preparing an airfield in the port area of Latakia.

In Western media earlier this week, sources linked with the US military reported about the directing of Russian troops to Syria. 

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, confirmed earlier that there are Russian military experts who are helping the country to master equipment.

She also stressed that Moscow has never kept secret any military-technical cooperation with Syria, and weapon and military equipment supplies are in accordance with contracts and international law. 

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