USA strike kills Russians in Syria

USA strike kills Russians in Syria

But he would not comment on whether Russian Federation has influence over the forces that did attack.

Mattis also doubted that the Russians control the situation in the region.

We will remind, in result of air strikes of the worldwide coalition led by the USA in Syria has killed more than 100 fighters from Pro-government forces.

Russia has backed Syria's fight against terror since late 2015 when Russian air force and troops arrived in the Arab country at an official request of Damascus to help the government fight against Daesh and other Takfiri militants. According to Bloomberg, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Trump by phone on Monday, but the incident was not discussed.

One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

The U.S. -led coalition responded with "AC-130 gunships, F-15s, F-22s, Army Apache helicopter gunships and Marine Corps artillery", according to Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson.

In its statement about the attack, Russia's Defense Ministry seemed to refer to the refinery, accusing the USA of using its "illegal presence" in Syria as an excuse to "seize economic assets" instead of fighting terrorists.

The US-led coalition said it repelled that attack near the Euphrates River by hundreds of troops aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who were backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.

Without mentioning the USA strike, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday "Americans have taken risky unilateral steps".

"Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted, unprovoked attack", said Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the USA military.

Mercenaries, who've been active in the conflicts in eastern Ukraine and Syria, allow Russian Federation to deny official involvement in operations when things go wrong.

"I demand an explanation as to why Russian nationals take part in ground military operations in Syria, despite the statements by the president and defense minister that Russian military formations will be withdrawn from this country", Yavlinsky said. He says they need to be verified.

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"This is a big scandal and a reason for an acute worldwide crisis", said Vladimir Frolov, a former Russian diplomat and lawmaker who's now an independent political analyst.

What happened in the United States strikes? The New York Times said that "dozens" of Russians were believed to be killed.

Without mentioning the United States strike, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said "Americans have taken risky unilateral steps".

The incident appears to be the first publicly known case of the USA military firing on and killing Russians fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"The Russians may have allowed the attack to take place simply to make it clear to Assad that you can't do things without coordination with Moscow", said Yury Barmin, a Middle East analyst at the Russian International Affairs Council, a research group set up by the Kremlin. "We have not received that word at Central Command or the Pentagon". "(...) You can't ask Russian Federation to prevent the conflict in the case when she is not in control, it could not be done", said Mattis. He said he could not identify nationalties and motives.

The two sides have previously been careful to keep a communication channel to avoid collisions and confrontation between their warplanes and soldiers in the chaotic battlefield.

A US official put the death toll at 100, with 200 to 300 injured, but was unable to say how many were Russian.

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The US military has confirmed that it has attacked pro-government forces in eastern Syria.

It remains unknown who was paying the Russian fighters, whether it was Russia itself, Syria, or Iran. The US employed mercenaries during its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their deaths were not reported in official counts.

However, Russian law forbids the hiring of mercenaries or working as one.

USA officials added that the Russian government had lodged no complaint about its citizens being killed.

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