Russian Defense Ministry surprised by Pentagon's claim

The Russian Defense Ministry surprised by the Pentagon chief's claim that the U.S. airstrikes only targeted terrorists' profitable oil enterprises

The Russian Defense Ministry was surprised by a claim made by the Pentagon chief that the U.S. airstrikes in the past month have only targeted terrorists' profitable oil enterprises, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told Senate earlier that the airstrikes carried out by the U.S. and its allies were not seeking to destroy the entire oil infrastructure in Iraq and Syria, not even in the areas controlled by Islamic State militants. Carter said the U.S. and its allies only targeted the facilities used for making profit.

"How should we understand the statement by the Pentagon chief, Mr. Carter, that the U.S. aviation has in the past month only been destroying profitable oil enterprises of terrorists? It turns out that for a year and a half the Americans were only destroying the militants' loss-making facilities," Konashenkov said.

"Now it is clear where bandits have so much cash to buy weapons, recruit new supporters and carry out bloody terrorist attacks and why the territory controlled by ISIL has increased hundreds of times over this period," the Russian defense official said.



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