Russia rejects U.S. complaint about Russian Forces' actions in Syria

Officials of the Russian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon agreed during their videoconference to improve coordination when combating terrorists in Syria in order to prevent incidents during military operations, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on June 19.

In response to the American side's request, the authorized representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense held a videoconference on June 17, he said.

The U.S. said that the Russian Aerospace Forces allegedly had intentionally conducted a strike on Syrian opposition units in the south of Syria on June 16 despite U.S. requests, the general said.

"Both sides exchanged opinions on what happened in a constructive way and agreed to improve coordination during the fight against terrorist organizations in Syria, as well as in order to prevent any incidents in the course of military operations on the territory of this country," he said.

"Representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry explained in a well-argued manner that the bombed site was located more than 300 kilometers outside of the territory marked by the American side as districts where opposition units engaged in the cessation of hostilities regime were active," Konashenkov said.

"The Russian Aerospace Forces acted in line with the agreed procedures and had notified members of the U.S.-led coalition of their choice of ground-based targets for their strikes in advance," he said.

"At the same time, as the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted these strikes, the American side did not provide the coordinates of the districts where opposition units backed by it were active, a circumstance that made it impossible to take measures to adjust the actions of Russian aviation," the Russian general said.



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