The U.S. does not consider that the action of Russia in the Syrian Arab Republic to distract attention from the situation in Ukraine, and discuss both issues, said the head of the U.S. Department of defense Ashton Carter after the meeting of defense Ministers of countries-members of NATO.
"Today at the current meeting no distractions, we discussed both issues. The whole Alliance, like America, are determined to deal with both Eastern and southern flank, as often stated in the NATO. There is no sense of neither the Alliance nor the United States, that Russian actions in the Syrian Arab Republic are diverted from Ukraine ", – quoted him as saying RIA " Novosti ". According to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, the statement about the fact that the operation of the Russian space forces in the Syrian Arab Republic is an attempt to divert attention from the situation in Ukraine is absurd. In mid-April, the permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN Yuriy Sergeyev said that the Russian Federation as if to attract the world's attention to the threat from Islamist terrorist groups to distract attention from the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. Recall, on Wednesday the aircraft of the Russian Air and space forces of Russia at the request of the President of the Syrian Republic Assad began conducting air operations with the application of point strikes on the positions of the terrorist group " Islamic state ". In the capital of Russia pay attention that the Russian military will not participate in ground fighting in the Syrian Arab Republic. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the main objective of involving the Russian air force in the Syrian Arab Republic – the fight against crime and support in these efforts, legal authorities of the country. Remember, 30 September, the aircraft of the Russian Air and space forces of Russia at the request of the President of the Syrian Republic Assad began conducting air operations with the application of point strikes on is positions.