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Moscow warns of political and military consequences of US “manipulation” of “militants” in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry warned of the political and military consequences of the US “manipulation” of the “militants” in Syria to achieve special geopolitical interests.

“Our position on the US overtures with the Syrian militants has been voiced repeatedly. This can lead to unpredictable military and political consequences,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s deputy director of the Information and Press Department Artyom Kozhin said in a statement.

He underscored that Moscow had repeatedly pointed to Washington’s “indiscrimination over whom they are dealing with in Syria while pursuing their own geopolitical interests.”

Kozhin added that Moscow has not been officially informed of the United States government’s reported decision to end the CIA program to arm and train Syrian “opposition”.

“We also do not know anything about the state of similar programs that could be carried out by other US agencies. US intelligence does not report to us,” Kozhin said.

Earlier, the Washington Post newspaper reported, citing US officials, that US President Donald Trump had made a decision to end the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program to arm and train the so called “moderate opposition” in Syria.


Syrian News Agency by M. al-Frieh/H. Said

SFP-WP 21/7/2017


 

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