Original published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, translation by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront
Russian Federation Ministry of Defense (MOD) could not leave without comment the shocking statement by US State Department spokesman John Kirby. During a briefing, he plainly predicted Russian cities would be attacked by terrorists. According to the US official, if the war in Syria continues, terrorists will start launching attacks on Russian cities, and Russia will send its troops home “in body bags”, and “continue to lose assets and, possibly, aircraft.”
The Russian MOD interpreted such statements as US admission that the “opposition” supposedly waging a “civil war” in Syria is in reality a US-controlled terrorist “internationale.” What is particularly shocking in Kirby’s admission, according to Russian MOD official representative, Major General Igor Konashenkov, that the US direct influence over terrorists is global in scope and extends to Russia, among others.
“Concerning Kirby’s threat concerning possible loss of Russian aircraft and sending Russian soldiers home ‘in body bags’, I will say that we are well informed on where in Syria, including in Aleppo Province, and exactly how many ‘unadvertised’ specialists are engaged in operational planning and commanding the militants.” Konashenkov added: “Naturally, one can continue to keep telling us they are stubbornly but ineffectually trying to separate Jabhat al-Nusra from the ‘opposition’. However, if there are attempts to make good on these threats, it is far from a foregone conclusion the militants will be able to help them save their skins.”
Russian MOD advised John Kirby not to forget his officer’s honor, in spite of exchanging a rear admiral’s uniform for the suit jacket of a State Department representative.
Moreover, Russian military once again stated it is ready to continue dialogue with the US to work out joint measures against terrorists in Syria.
“But that dialogue should not contain even a hint of a threat to our troops and citizens. When it comes to ensuring the safety of Russian citizens, no matter where they might be located, there will be no bargaining. This is our main and unconditional priority,” General Konashenkov concluded.