Russian Defence and Security Committee chairman debunks fake news story first exposed in The Duran
10 April, 2017
The Chairman of the Russian Federal Council Defence and Security Committee has confirmed that stories about Russia planning to attack US forces are fake news.
Viktor Ozerov, Chairman of the Russian Federal Council Defence and Security Committee, has told Sputnik that there are no plans whatsoever for Russia to militarily engage with US forces in Syria.
“Russia is not going there to conduct armed actions with the US, our task there is to support the Syrian armed forces in the fight against terrorism”.
He also confirmed that the Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich’s return to Syrian waters is unrelated to the US missile strike against Syria. He said of the war ship,
“You cannot deploy such a ship in one day. This rotation is planned, Admiral Grigorovich escorted Admiral Kuznetsov )aircraft carrier), and is now back.
Admiral Grigorovich is quite an effective ship, we have already attacked militants from its deck. Thus, this is not so much about the moral support for the Syrian armed forces in the fight against terrorists, as it is about fire cover”.
Yesterday, many mainstream and alt-media outlets ran a fake news story saying that a non-existent operations centre shared by Russia, Iran, Syria and according to some fake news reports, also Hezbollah, produced an Arabic language document saying that if the US crossed ‘red lines’ in Syria that the alliance would attack US forces.
The Duran was the first to debunk the story.
Viktor Ozerov’s statement confirms that it was a totally false story from the beginning.
Here is a slightly different version from South Front
US Too Afraid to Bomb Syria After Russia Cuts
US bombing missions over Syria are way down since the missile attack on April 6
10 April, 2017
By striking the Syrian military on April 6 with cruise missiles the US demonstrated 'resolve'. So much 'resolve' that it is now afraid to fly over Syria lest the Russians shoot them down.
US officials told The New York Times:
The American-led task force that is battling the Islamic State has sharply reduced airstrikes against the militants in Syria as commanders assess whether Syrian government forces or their Russian allies plan to respond to the United States’ cruise missile strike on a Syrian airfield this past week, American officials said.
Quite apart from showing what a tough guy Trump is, the US strike has robbed its Syrian proxies of the support they enjoyed before, and at a time when the Battle for Raqqa intensifies.
The US is now limiting itself to just the most essential strikes and accompanying these with expensive F-22 fighter jets. (Belgium meanwhile suspended all strikes.)
US insecurity is not only due to their cruise missile strike, but more specifically due to the Russian reaction to it. Immediately after it the Russians suspended the "deconfliction" hotline with the Americans, who now have to guess at the Russians' intentions.
There has not been a comparable drop in Syrian and Russian air strikes. Indeed numerous strikes on rebel positions were reported over the weekend.
It is both in US and Russian interests that the deconfliction hotline is restored but Americans need it more urgently — giving the Russians some leverage.
Far from boosting US prestige, the April 6th strike and its aftermath will have reduced it in the eyes of attentive observers."
Many red bomb icons (Syria, Russia), few blue bomb icons (US)