Russia is against the US staying in Syria after the collapse of ISIS. According to the chairman of Russia’s Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Bondarev, this would lead the US to supremacy in the country’s airspace.
According to The Washington Post, the US plans on staying in Syria after the collapse of ISIS and establish a new local governance, apart from the al-Assad government, in northern Syria.
“It’s clear that after us pulling out the Americans get total control over the airspace — without taking off once, without a single combat — not only in Syria, but also in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey (as it is a NATO country). Add to that Saudi Arabia and so on until the coast of the Arabian peninsula,” Bondarev said.
According to him, Russia is against this, considering that the US have not declared the numbers of their forces in Syria, and may increase their military presence in the region at any time.
Bondarev says that the US will be more “carefree” in Syria in this case.
“We all understand that if the Syrian Army is to go on fighting the terrorists, but without the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces and personnel, then the Americans will think of a million ways to hit the Syrian troops under the pretense of them using chemical weapons against civilians, against political opposition, against the forces supported by the US. Naturally, Syrian air forces won’t be able to match them at all,” he added.