According to spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the air power of the US-led coalition did not carry out airstrikes on oil production facilities, captured by Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria.
The US-led coalition did not target oil production facilities, seized by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.
“Miraculously, only oil fields, captured by ISIS allowing the militants to earn tens of millions of dollars every month on illegal oil sales and recruit mercenaries from all over the world, did not come under the US bombardment,” Konashenkov said.
He also commented on a statement of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan, made on Tuesday, according to which, Russia is using a “scorched-earth policy” in Syria, which “led to devastation and thousands upon thousands of innocent deaths,” while “that’s not something that the United States would ever do in any of these military conflicts.”
“I would also like to remind [John Brennan] that international wars of the past decades unleashed by the US thanks to false CIA data in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya have all been started, continued, and finished with a destroyed economic infrastructure of these states by the US Air Force,” the Major General said, adding that it was “doubtfully a coincidence” that US companies, close to the CIA and the Pentagon, had “always” received contracts to rebuild these damaged infrastructures.
“John Brennan is perfectly aware of the real results of Russia’s actions in Syria. Specially for the CIA and special services alike, we announced them during the Russian Defense Ministry’s final board meeting,” Konashenkov stressed.
Earlier in December, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies managed to liberate more than 12,300 square kilometers (4,750 square miles) of the Syrian territories, including almost 500 populated areas, from terrorists. He also added that 71,000 airstrikes on terrorist infrastructure facilities, which have eliminated 1,500 pieces of military equipment, 725 training camps and 405 arms factories, have been carried out by the Russian Aerospace Forces since the start of its operation in Syria. According to the Russian Defense Minister, 35,000 militants have been killed, while other 9,000 had laid down their arms.
“But the most important result, attained without the current US administration (or rather, without the involvement of the CIA), together with Iran and Turkey, is an agreement with the forces of the Syrian opposition, which came into effect on December 30, to cease hostilities and prepare for negotiations in Astana on the settlement of the Syrian conflict,” Shoigu concluded.