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Pentagon has warned Russia that it will protect its military in Syria

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The United States will take the necessary action to protect its troops in Syria against any threat to their security, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman statement.

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“We have warned the Russians that their behavior is dangerous and unacceptable … and we reserve the right to vigorously defend our troops whenever their safety is compromised,” he said, commenting on the incident with a Russian military patrol and US military personnel in Syria.

Hoffman assessed the actions of the Russian military patrol as “deliberately provocative and aggressive behavior.” At the same time, he noted that the United States “expects a return to routine and professional work to prevent conflicts in Syria.”

The official added that the US military “avoids conflicts with Russian troops in Syria in time and space during operations,” and said the Pentagon welcomed the “professionalism and restraint” of the US military during the incident.

Last Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Defense, following a telephone conversation between the chiefs of the general staff of Russia and the United States, accused the American military of violating the agreements and trying to block the patrol of the Russian military police in Syria. The agency said that in response, the Russian military police took “the necessary measures to prevent the incident and further fulfill the task.”

War in Syria

In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.

In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.

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