Mar 02 2018

U.S. set up some 20 military bases in Syria - Russia agency

The United States has set up some 20 military bases in Syria on Kurdish territory, an official from Russia’s Security Council said on Thursday, Russian news agency, RIA reported.

The official, Alexander Venediktov, an aide to Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, accused Washington of adding to the turmoil in Syria by establishing several military bases on territory controlled by Kurdish groups. The official said that the United States was meddling in the conflict by arming Kurdish separatists with advanced weapons.

According to Arab News, a Middle Eastern daily, Alexander Venediktov a name known to be close to Russian president Vladimir Putin, said: “The return of peace and stability to Syria is hampered by continued external interference in the Syrian crisis.” 

Venediktov's remarks came after, after Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the commander of US Central Command, issued a withering critique of Russian involvement in the seven-year-war.

Votel said: “On the diplomatic front, Moscow is playing the role of arsonist and firefighter” by fuelling the war between the Syrian regime, Turkey and Kurdish rebels, “then claiming to serve as an arbiter to resolve the dispute.”

Pentagon is working with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia in their fight against ISIS in Syria despite Turkey's concerns. Turkey considers YPG as a terrorist organisation with links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an insurgent pro-Kurdish group in Turkey regarded as a terrorist organisation both by the U.N. and the U.S.