Satellite images show that Russian Federation is expanding their military presence in Syria, where they have long supported one side of the ongoing civil war.
An increase in Russia’s military presence in Syria has complicated American efforts to fight Islamic State in that country.
This satellite image shows Russian jet fighters joining the fight against ISIS at a Syrian airfield.
On Tuesday, research firm IHS Jane said that it saw two previously unreported sites in Syria that appear to be preparing for Russian forces.
Russian Federation is openly supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by supplying weapons and other military equipment to the tyrannical regime.
Lavrov referred to comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week after military talks restarted between Washington and Moscow on Syria.
That chimes with an assessment provided to CNN by a US official earlier this week that Russian Federation has more than 25 fighter and attack aircraft, 15 helicopters, nine tanks, three surface-to-air missile systems and at least 500 personnel on the ground in Syria. Russian Federation maintains that its aid to Syria’s government hasn’t changed over the course of the entire civil war, and will not change irrespective of United States opposition.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office declined to comment Wednesday about claims on social media that Russia has begun to launch airstrikes against terrorist positions in Syria.
Meanwhile Bloomberg cited officials in Moscow as saying that if the USA does not agree to coordinate with Russian Federation, the Assad regime and Iran – Assad’s main ally – against ISIS, then Russian Federation was ready to act alone. More than 200,000 people have already been killed in the conflict. “For the moment, it is the judgement of our military and experts that the level and type represents basically force protection”, Kerry said.
The US has watched with unease a buildup of Russian military assets in Syria over recent weeks, including the deployment of more than two dozen fighter planes at an airbase near the Assad coastal stronghold of Latakia. Both President Obama and Putin will be attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month.