Moscow is puzzled over the change of the U.S. concept of its support given to the Syrian opposition as the ordnance dropped by Americans could turn up in the hands of ISIS.
"From the very first days, we are addressing our partners with our request to tell us whom of the Syrian patriotic opposition rejecting terrorist methods we could build a contact with. We are promised to be given their coordinates. We hope that it is going to happen," Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow on Oct. 13.
"Until recently, they told us that it was Free Syrian Army, but who represents it and who may be the channel of communicating with it, we still don't know. A few days ago it was announced that a new alliance - the Democratic Forces of Syria - was created, either in substitution of the Free Syrian Army, or in addition to it. Only yesterday, Americans informed that they changed the concept of their support of the opposition: instead of trainings on the ground, they will simply drop arms and ordnance, they have dropped several hundreds of bundles with ammunition, totally 50 tonnes," Lavrov said.
"Today it was reported by media channels. Where will it go? Won't all these weapons go the same route, as the Toyota off-roaders once delivered to the opposition that are now used by means of transport by ISIS? These are very serious things. All the more so, that what we saw when we looked at the composition of this new alliance, the 'Democratic Forces of Syria'. There are organizations in it that were earlier marked as collaborating with ISIS," Lavrov said.
Moscow does not doubt that a considerable part of U.S. ammunition, which, according to a new concept of support to the Syrian opposition, will be dropped from aircraft, will fall into the hands of terrorists.
"I will say it frankly: we do not have even any special doubts that a considerable part of ammunition will fall into the hands of terrorists. This also causes concerns in the United States, where the public, the Congress begin to ask questions about the previous attempts [by Washington] to support the moderate opposition," Lavrov said.
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