Russia Accuses US Of In search of To Seize Syria’s Oil Not Defeating ISIS


Russia has slammed the USA’ presence in Syria as unlawful and accused them of searching for to grab the nation’s oil.

The Russian Ministry of Protection mentioned on Thursday that pro-government Syrian militia had been finishing up a reconnaissance operation close to the previous Al-Isba oil refinery in Deir ez-Zor province once they had been attacked by the US-led coalition’s plane.

They added that the assault on pro-government forces proves that Washington’s true purpose is to seize “financial property” as an alternative of preventing terrorism.

The MoD was referring to an incident which happened on Tuesday in Deir Ez-Zor province, as a Syrian militia unit was shifting towards a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS). The operation was prompted by a surge in shelling of the positions of Syrian authorities forces within the space over the previous few days, attributed to the covert actions of IS terrorists, the ministry mentioned in a press release on Thursday.

A unit of the pro-government militia was conducting a reconnaissance search mission on February 7 close to the previous oil processing plant of Al-Isba. Whereas there, “the militiamen got here underneath a shock mortar and MRLS shelling, and had been attacked by helicopters of the US-led ‘worldwide coalition.’”

Consequently, 25 members of the pro-government unit had been injured. Preliminary media experiences, citing unnamed US officers, prompt that some 100 Syrian troopers had died within the assault by the coalition forces.

The US Central Command earlier referred to as the assault on Syrian militiamen “self-defense,” claiming that the troops allegedly launched an “unprovoked assault towards well-established Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] headquarters.”

The US model of occasions, nonetheless, raises “numerous questions,” Russian International Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned Thursday.

Following the incident, the Russian navy talked to the coalition by means of the established communication channels, with the latter stating that Al-Isba was underneath the management of SDF and US troops. The instant explanation for the incident, based on Russia’s Protection Ministry, was the truth that the militia unit acted by itself, with out consulting Russian advisers first.

The case exposes a better drawback, nonetheless, as based on the MoD the assault by the coalition “as soon as once more proved that the true purpose of the continual unlawful presence of US forces in Syria is already not the combat towards ISIS worldwide terrorist group, however the seize and management of the financial property belonging solely to the Syrian Arab Republic.”

Damascus has decried the assault as a “conflict crime” and a “crime towards humanity,” SANA experiences, citing a letter to the UN issued by the International Ministry. The US-led coalition is illegitimate and must be disbanded altogether, the ministry careworn.

“We demand [the international community] condemn this bloodbath and maintain the coalition accountable for it,” the ministry mentioned, including that this isn’t the primary time the US-led coalition has focused Syrian authorities forces.

The Syrian authorities has repeatedly condemned the US-led coalition’s presence on its soil, calling it an act of blatant aggression and violation of the nation’s sovereignty.

Damascus has additionally urged the UN to press the US to depart, particularly following the profitable defeat of the primary IS forces. The US, nonetheless, has acknowledged that it might stay in Syria indefinitely to counter what it describes as Iranian affect and to safe “post-Assad management” for the nation.

Current developments point out that the US may be successfully shifting in the direction of partitioning Syria altogether, Russia’s International Minister Sergey Lavrov warned earlier on Wednesday.

“It’s very possible that the People have taken a course of dividing the nation. They only gave up their assurances, given to us, that the one purpose of their presence in Syria – with out an invite of the professional authorities – was to defeat Islamic State and the terrorists,” Lavrov acknowledged.

“Now, they’re saying that they’ll maintain their presence till they ensure a gradual means of a political settlement in Syria begins, which is able to end in regime change.”