The death of Russia’s Lieutenant General Valery Asapov is a direct result of the US two-faced policy in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday.
“The tragedy that we witnessed, the death of a Russian commander, is the price paid in blood for this double-dealing in the US’ policy [in the war on terror],” Ryabkov said according to the Russian state-run news agency TASS.
Asapov was killed in an ISIS mortar shelling near the city of Deir Ezzor on Sunday. He reportedly was a commander of Russian special task forces in the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Raqqah.
At the same day, the Russian Defense Ministry released a series of photos showing US Special Operations Forces strong points located in the ISIS-held area.
“The shots clearly show the US SOF units located at strongholds that had been equipped by the ISIS terrorists. Though there is no evidence of assault, struggle or any US-led coalition airstrikes to drive out the militants,” the minsitry said commenting the released photos.
On Monday, the ministry added that no fighting was observed between US-backed forces and ISIS north of Deir Ezzor city. Meanwhile, the US-backed Syrian Demorcatic Forces (SDF) accused Russia of striking its positions in this area. Russia rejected these claims.