The Pentagon denied the statement of the Russian Ministry of defense that the us air force allegedly prevents the destruction of the militants of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) in Syria. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
“The coalition United States, not Russian Federation or the Syrian regime, the only force that achieved significant progress in the fight against ISIS. Such statements are incorrect”, — said the representative of the U.S. defense Department.
Earlier official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov said that the American planes constantly interfere with the Russian air force in the destruction of the insurgents. In particular, he told about the incident involving an American F-22 fighter, which occurred November 23, in the airspace over the West Bank of the Euphrates river. Aircraft of the U.S. actively prevented the Russian pair of su-25 to perform a combat mission to destroy a strong point of the IG in the town of Mayadin, and withdrew only after there appeared a Russian fighter jet su-35S.
December 5, the Pentagon announced that the United States considers the liberation of Syria East of the Euphrates from the terrorists for the most part its merit, not the merit of Russia. According to the representative offices of Eric Pahana, “the Syrian regime, and Russia has not demonstrated a serious approach or commitment to defeat ISIS” and carried out only a small part of the operations.
Background: Konashenkov told the flight F-22, su-35S