MOSCOW – Russia’s defense ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that the United States must bear responsibility for the damage caused to Syria’s economic infrastructure through the bombings.
Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that U.S. airstrikes aimed to weaken the legitimate government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Russian official was responding to allegations made by CIA director John Brennan, who said in TV interview that Moscow was using the “scorched-earth policy” in Syria and promoting its interests where there is political vacuum or conflicts.
“Outgoing CIA Director Brennan knows well that long before the operation of the Russian air task force in Syria, the international coalition had been methodically and consistently destroying the entire economic infrastructure of Syria since 2012,” Konashenkov commented.
“Surprisingly, the bombings by the United States and the coalition did not target oil extraction facilities already seized by the ISIL (the Islamic State organization) and allowing militants to earn tens of millions of U.S. dollars monthly from the illegal sale of oil and use this money to recruit mercenaries from all over the world,” the Russian spokesman added.
Konashenkov reminded the CIA director that the United States had not participated in the talks for a ceasefire, which were reached with the mediation of Russia, Turkey and Iran, and came into force in Syria on Dec. 30.