The Russian Defense Ministry has commented on the situation in Syria’s areas, controlled by the allies of the US-led coalition, after a senior American general accused Moscow of acting as “both arsonist and firefighter” in the Arab Republic.
“At the moment, the most difficult circumstances for the civilian population of Syria exist in the areas controlled by the US-led coalition and the groups of the armed opposition it is controlling,” Konashenkov said.
According to the spokesman, the situation in these areas was not transparent to Damascus or to the international observers, despite the declared victory over Daesh terrorist group.
The official pointed at the difficulty of the situation in the vicinity of Rukban refugee camp in Al Tanf region and stressed that the inhabitants of the camp could be helped by humanitarian convoys and evacuation for medical treatment. The spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry added that the civilians in Raqqa were experiencing a “humanitarian catastrophe” and the city infrastructure was in dire need of restoration. He added that the humanitarian disasters in Raqqa and Al Tanf had to be addressed by the international aid organizations as soon as possible.
The statement followed a remark made by the head of the CENTCOM, US Army General Joseph Votel, who blamed Russia for allegedly playing a destabilizing role in Syria: “Diplomatically and militarily, Moscow plays both arsonist and firefighter, fueling tensions among all parties in Syria… then serving as an arbitrator, to resolve disputes, attempting to undermine and weaken each party’s bargaining positions.”