Russian news agencies cited Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.
According to Secretary of Defence Ash Carter, there is evidence showing that the strikes were carried out in “areas where there probably were not ISIS forces“.
The official was not authorized to be publicly named and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Since the airstrikes began Wednesday, Russian jets have primarily bombed central and northwestern Syria, regions that are the gateway to government strongholds in Damascus and the coast. During the video call, Elissa Slotkin, who represented the USA, expressed America’s concerns that Russian Federation is targeting areas where there are few if any Islamic State forces operating. Slotkin is the acting assistant secretary of defense for global security affairs.
US officials have told Reuters that a review is underway that could also result in scaling back and reenvisioning Washington’s struggling program to train and equip moderate rebels.
At United Nations headquarters in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry said: “What is important is Russian Federation has to not be engaged in any activities against anybody but ISIL”. We made crystal clear that at a minimum, the priority here is the safe operation of the aircrews over Syria.
In an interview Thursday on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, Kerry described the military consultations as “a way of making sure that planes aren’t going to be shooting at each other and making things worse”.
Syria’s foreign minister says airstrikes alone are not enough to defeat the Islamic State group if there is no cooperation with his country’s army.
Obama has sought to limit direct USA military involvement in Syria’s civil war to waging air strikes against Islamic State, while training and supporting Syrian rebels fighting them.
The US spy agency launched a program in Syria in 2013 to train and arm rebels to fight against the Assad regime.
Kremlin officials and media have rejected the accusations as “a war of disinformation” being waged against Russian Federation as it tries to eradicate the Islamist extremists that the U.S.-led air campaign has failed to contain.
Most have taken that to mean the U.S.-backed rebels fighting Assad.
So far, the Russian airstrikes have been in western Syria.
Those differences are embodied in Russia’s current operations and how the USA wishes it would act. Indeed, U.S. Air Force officials have gone on the recording saying so.
Syrians, the exchange could trigger an all-out confrontation with Russian Federation – a potential disaster the administration would like to avoid.
Turkey, wary of Kurdish aspirations to create an independent state, does not want to see Kurdish forces control more of the Syrian side of their border.
“I have a low level of trust with the Russians,” he said.