Death of Russian general in Syria is result of US hypocrisy – Moscow

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“The death of the Russian commander is the price paid with blood for the hypocrisy of American policy in Syria,” Ryabkov said on Monday.

General Asapov was serving as one of Russia’s military advisers in Syria. On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said he was fatally wounded by an exploding shell in a sudden mortar attack by IS terrorists.

Killed in ISIS shelling near #DeirEzzor, Asapov is to be presented with a state decoration posthumously https://t.co/HjBSWLvdeDpic.twitter.com/Y1nGlIA8nF

— RT (@RT_com) September 24, 2017

Moscow is concerned that while Washington claims it is interested in fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISISISIL) terrorists, it demonstrates quite the opposite, according to the deputy minister.

The deputy minister said Moscow wants Washington’s statements on fighting terrorism not to be at odds with its actions on the ground.

Meanwhile, the Russian and US militaries maintain “intensive” contacts at different levels, Ryabkov said.

On Sunday, the Russian Ministry of Defense published aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment located north of the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor, where IS militants are deployed.

The US troops do not face any “resistance from the ISIS militants,” while their positions have no screening patrol, which could indicate that they “feel absolutely safe” in the area, the ministry said.

However, the US Central Command has denied the accusations in a written statement to RT.

The allegations are false. For operational security, we do not comment on ongoing operations or the current positions of Coalition personnel and our partner forces,” the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said.

READ MORE: Russian forces did not target Kurdish-led SDF units near Deir ez-Zor – Moscow

The US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also rejected the allegations as having “no basis,” adding in a tweet that Russian officials’ statements were “untrue and unhelpful.”

We’ll continue to de-conflict ops with RUS, but comments made by RUS officials untrue and unhelpful. https://t.co/uVxhlzUGNd

— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) September 25, 2017

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