Russia accuses U.S. of ‘controlling an international terrorist alliance’

Russia accuses U.S. of ‘controlling an international terrorist alliance’
President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation arrives at the G20 summit. (Image: Screen grab of New China TV video, YouTube)

[Ed. – In a bit of humorous understatement, CBS refers to this as indicating “a degree of mistrust and strain between Moscow and Washington.”  Ya think?  Remember, meanwhile: these themes from Russia are about justifying aggressive things that Russia wants to do.  Hence, the Russians will tie them, as they do here, to directs impacts on Russia.]

Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with “terrorists” in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby’s warning that the collapse of U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria could lead to a rise in extremism and potential attacks against Russia drew Moscow’s anger.

The Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries both cast it as U.S. encouragement of terror attacks on Russia. …

Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Kirby’s statement amounted to “the most frank confession by the U.S. side so far that the whole ‘opposition’ ostensibly fighting a ‘civil war’ in Syria is a U.S.-controlled international terrorist alliance.”

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