The United States does not believe that the actions of the Russian military in northeastern Syria pose a threat to the U.S. coalition. This is reported in a report released on Tuesday, May 4, by Acting Inspector General of the Pentagon Sean O’Donnell.
At the same time, the document said that Russia “continued to violate the deconfliction mechanisms that have been established between Russia and the coalition.”
According to the spokesman of the U.S. military department, the violations concern the inclusion of an additional vehicle in a pre-arranged patrol column. In addition, the coalition was allegedly not always properly notified of the passage of military vehicles or the overflight of a fighter jet from Russia into Syria.
“These violations did not pose a threat to coalition forces,” O’Donnell is quoted as saying.
It is noted that the document covers the period from January 1 to March 31, 2021.
On March 11, the Syrian military detained two fighters who were being trained in the al-Rukban refugee camp located on the territory of an international coalition military base.
On February 26, Rear Admiral Vyacheslav Sytnik, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Hostile Parties (CPRM) in Syria, said that the U.S. command in Syria’s al-Tanf zone continues to forcibly detain refugees in the al-Rukban camp.
The U.S. military is on Syrian territory without permission from the country’s authorities and without UN sanction. Damascus has repeatedly accused Washington of seizing oil fields. At the same time, former U.S. President Donald Trump, in fact, cited oil as the main reason for the U.S. military contingent in Syria.
The armed conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011. In 2017, victory over the Russian-banned terrorist group IS in Syria and Iraq was declared. In certain areas of the countries, mop-ups of fighters continue. The focus now is on a political settlement, the reconstruction of Syria and the return of refugees.