Syria News: Did John Kirby Dangle Massacre Threat Against Russia?
Russia’s Foreign Ministry (FM) shot back at the United States after John Kirby warned of future terrorists attacks on Russia should the civil war in Syria continues. FM Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that his remarks sounded like a call to action rather than a diplomatic comment.Advertisement
The comments were made back on Wednesday during the State Department’s daily press briefings. Kirby outlined the consequences should Russian involvement prolongs the civil war.
According to him, extremists and extremists groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations. This could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.
Kirby added that Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, as well as continue to lose resources, possibly even more aircraft. The stability that the Russians seek will be even more elusive as the war drags on.
According to RT, FM Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded through Facebook asking Kirby if the ones who will carry these attacks are the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. She also asked if the terror attacks on the West were a different example than the attacks he warned will take place in Russia.
Zakharova ended her statement by saying, “Don’t you think that such ventriloquism about ‘body bags,’ ‘terrorist attacks in Russian cities’ and ‘loss of aircraft,’ sounds more like a ‘get ’em’ command, rather than a diplomatic comment?”
US Threatens Russia Over Syria?
On September 28, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked with US Secretary of State John Kerry over the phone. It during the course of the conversation that Sec. Kerry threatened to cut cooperation between the two countries unless the Russians ended its attacks on Aleppo.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov issued a statement the following day that the threats to suspend cooperation amounted to “blackmail.”
Lavrov revealed that the terrorist groups such as Al-Nusra have been receiving outside aid including American weapons. He also pointed out that a number of US-backed forces are working side-by-side with Al-Nusra in the war. John Kirby clarified this during a press briefing saying that while the US has influence over some groups but not all.
Russia’s entry in Syria on the side of the Assad regime has drastically turned the tide if favor of the government forces. Rebel-held areas fell one by one until they set their eyes on the rebel stronghold of Aleppo.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed Russian bombing for the majority of civilian deaths in the city. The Kremlin has denied these allegations as they continue to aid regime forces in the war.