Kerry: Chance U.S. Could Confront Russia in Syria

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Kerry said he had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov the United States was worried by Moscow’s military backing for Assad in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year.

“Worried” is the strongest word Kerry could come up with? The only thing stopping the Russians is their own laughter.

“These actions could provoke a further escalation of the conflict and lead to the loss of more innocent lives, increasing the flow of refugees and risking a confrontation with the anti-ISIS (Islamic State) coalition operating in Syria,” Kerry said.

He did not spell out what he meant by “the coalition.” But the United States have been launching occasional, negligible air strikes against insignificant positions held by the Islamist militant group in Syria, and in neighboring Iraq.

Source: Business Insider

Israel has also raised concerns that Russian involvement on Assad’s side in the conflict in Syria could accidentally lead to confrontations between Russian and Israeli forces there.

Russia has built up naval infantry forces and heavy equipment including tanks and helicopters at Syria’s Latakia airbase, U.S. officials say, raising the possibility of air combat missions in Syrian airspace.

Perhaps if someone noted to Obama that Russian tanks and aircraft are heavy duty polluters, he might issue a Climate Change edict.




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