US: Russia violates the deconfliction mechanism in Syria

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Pentagon said that the actions of the Russian military in Syria violate the deconfliction mechanism. At the same time, the military department noted that this does not pose a threat to the forces of the American coalition.

“Russia continued to violate the deconflicting mechanisms that had been established between Russia and the coalition in northeastern Syria to prevent unintended escalation. Although Russian forces mostly adhered to the mechanism, the number of violations increased slightly compared to the previous quarter,” BulgarianMilitary.com quotes an excerpt from the report of the acting inspector general of the Pentagon Sean O’Donnell.

The department noted that the violations relate to the inclusion of additional transport in a pre-organized patrol convoy or the improper notification of the passage of a military vehicle, or the enactment of a fighter jet from the Russian Federation to Syria.

In addition, the Pentagon said that the Russian side is trying to force the United States to withdraw from the northeastern part of Syria.

Earlier, BulgarianMilitary.com wrote the news that 200 terrorists were killed in Syria. They were eliminated from a strike by Russian aircraft on their base located northeast of Palmyra.

War in Syria

In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, 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, agreed that 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 use power.

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 several 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. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.

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