Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is turning a blind eye to information provided by Moscow about Syrian terrorists traveling to neighboring Iraq in the hope that these militants could be later used to fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Putin made the remarks at the traditional end-of-year press conference in the Russian capital of Moscow on Thursday, saying that the Kremlin has received no “reaction” from Washington regarding the given intelligence.
“Why? Because they [in the White House] are thinking that they [the terrorists] could be used to fight against Assad. This is the simplest thing, but at the same time, the most dangerous thing, including for those who are doing this,” the Russian leader told nearly 1,500 reporters, who had joined the marathon session.
The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against targets that are said to belong to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.