Despite all Russophobic policies, the American administration refused to blame Russia for escalating the situation in Syrian Idlib.
The corresponding statement was made by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milli, speaking at a press conference in the Pentagon.
So, the journalists asked the official about the participation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in delivering air strikes against the Turkish military on the territory of the Idlib de-escalation zone.
“We cannot say for sure, we do not have unambiguous intelligence regarding what kind of aircraft they were and who controlled them. This is the first. Second, I personally had telephone conversations with my Russian and Turkish counterparts, urging them to resolve the situation as soon as possible, ”said Milli.
As you know, the American general spoke with the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov, as well as the chief of the Turkish General Staff Yashar Guler last Friday, February 28. The negotiations took place after 36 Turkish soldiers were killed in Idlib.
The head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, also participated in the press conference. Talking to reporters, he extremely evasively answered about the prospects of applying the fifth article of the NATO charter on collective security in relation to Turkey. Esper focused on the fact that Turkey itself launched an offensive, and in the territory of another country.
“Now I don’t want to make predictions about the fifth article,” the US Secretary of Defense said. — Of course, Turkey launched a military operation there. We are ready to assess the situation progressively. On this issue, I spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. And, as I just said, from the point of view of the alliance we are steadily evaluating this in order to prepare for what can happen. ”
As News Front reported, earlier in the USA they repeatedly tried to accuse Russia of escalating the Syrian conflict. In particular, US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey blamed the success of the Syrian government forces on Russia and demanded that she “change her policy” in the Arab Republic.
Later, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Kelly Kraft, demanded that Russia withdraw military aircraft, and from Damascus — withdraw troops to the demarcation line defined by the Sochi agreements in 2018, in fact giving the liberated territories to armed groups.
At the same time, despite diplomatic demarches, the Pentagon was skeptical of anti-Russian attacks, understanding the possible consequences. Thus, the Ministry of Defense came into conflict with the State Department, opposing the idea of deploying Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey. The military leadership considers this «reckless», because the deployment of American air defense systems to intercept aircraft of the Russian aerospace forces can bring local conflict to the global level.
At the same time, NATO’s reaction remains mixed. Despite the fact that Turkey has a reason to request assistance, the alliance in every possible way demonstrates unwillingness to get involved in the conflict on the side of the ally. Earlier, sources in NATO confirmed that the bloc’s member countries are not considering the possibility of applying the fifth article of the NATO collective security charter in relation to the conflict in Syria. At the same time, NATO expressed confidence that the Turkish army itself was able to cope in this situation. The position of the countries of the alliance is understandable, because the Syrian conflict for them can turn into a war with Russia, which the West is not ready for.