Relations between Russia and the United States are more strained than ever as they continue to clash in Syria. Moscow claims it has been ready to cooperate with the U.S. about joint actions in Russia, but Washington is reportedly proving to be difficult. Will the United States push Russia to war?
The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that it is ready to have a dialogue with the United States about joint actions in fighting terrorists but will only do so if the United States refrains from “any hints of threats to Russia’s military and citizens.”
US and Russia Coming Closer to War?
The statement came following the comments of U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby at a press briefing on Wednesday.
According to Kirby, should the Syrian war continue, then “more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down” as “extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.”
It also does not help that the Secretary of State has confirmed that the U.S. is “on the verge of suspending the discussion because it’s irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place,” as reported by Aljazeera.
The official noted that the United States does not see any indications from Russia about being serious about it and that talks were futile given Russian and Syrian warplanes continue to bomb rebel-held areas.
Relations on the Verge of Collapse?
Nonetheless, Russia has called out the United States on its continued assault on the nation.
“Once again we declare that we are fully prepared to continue the dialogue with the American side and carry on with the joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria,” RT quoted Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.
“However, even the slightest hints of a threat to our soldiers and Russian citizens must be excluded from this dialogue. The matter of safety of Russian citizens, wherever they may be, is not up for bargaining. It is our main and unconditional priority,” the spokesman stressed.