The US military departments blackmail Moscow with a military solution of the Syrian issue.
The so-called American Plan B on Syria suggests a heavy-handed scenario. It was developed by the US military departments in a secret from the White House, the Izvestiya newspaper reported on Friday, citing a source in diplomatic circles.
According to the source, the Plan B was developed by the US security agencies for a case of failure of the efforts of the US Department of State. It involves intensification of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition, sending of the additional Special Forces, and increase in the supply of arms to the so-called ‘moderate’ opposition. It is supposed to depose the leadership in Damascus with the help of ‘moderate’ militants. The source noted that the US Department of State was not involved in the development of an alternative military strategy on Syria.
As the source said, now the ‘spare’ plan goes on the agenda due to the offensive, launched against positions of militants in Aleppo, which came as a surprise for supporters of the military solution of the Syrian crisis.
“Return of control over the city by the government forces is inadmissible for them, and for this reason the security forces seek every opportunity to prevent it,” the source said.
The interlocutor of Izvestiya also stressed that Russian representatives, involved in the consultations in Geneva, have noted an existence of contradictions between the US Department of State and the US security ministries. In particular, despite the agreement on disclosure of data on location of Syrian terrorist groups, reached by the Russian and US diplomats, the Pentagon has refused to submit relevant information to the Russian side.
As First Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich told to the newspaper, Americans test Russian strength and may go for military actions, similar to the one that has been conducted in the area of Deir ez-Zor recently. At the same time he expressed the hope that this situation will not lead to a direct confrontation between Russian and US military.
Confrontation on the Syrian issue between Russia and the US has intensified after the failure of the ceasefire agreement and the beginning of the massive offensive on Aleppo, launched by the pro-government forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces. In light of these events, spokesman for the US Department of State, John Kirby, even said that Washington is exploring a possibility to stop any contacts with Russia on Syria, as Moscow allegedly does not take any moves to restore the truce in the country. Arguing about possible consequences of such acts, the diplomat came to direct threats.