On May 16, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the US of hiding thousands of terrorists in Syria from justice, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
“We have taken note of the fact the US administration is keeping quiet about the several thousand foreign terrorists, who have been detained by the US-led coalition and the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces in Transeuphratia,” she said. “The explanation that it is allegedly impossible to agree on extradition procedures and parameters of legal assistance with the countries of origin are totally far-fetched.”
“Apparently this legal vacuum is being created deliberately with the aim to conceal the real aim: to let the militants dodge responsibility. It is noteworthy that in defiance of complicity in terrorism no charges are put forward or investigative measures taken.”
Zakharova revealed that Moscow knows well the number of terrorists and the conditions in which they are being kept.
“According to our sources, there are two or three thousand militants, mostly from Europe, Arab countries and the CIS,” the diplomat said. “The so-called restrictive measures are confined to limiting the freedom of movement. They enjoy three meals a day, medical assistance and the opportunities for exercise to stay in good physical shape.”
She added that such actions by the US and its allies are fraught with the re-emergence of the terrorist state in the region.
“In view of President Donald Trump’s announcement of the forthcoming US pullout from Syria there emerge high risks of a Caliphate’s re-emergence in Transeuphratia under the Iraqi type scenario we saw when after the successful withdrawal of the US contingent in 2011 entailed the emergence of the group Islamic State,” she said. “By refraining from criminal prosecution of the mentioned militants the US administration in fact covers up their criminal activity.”