U.S. State Department Spokesperson John Kirby. Archive photo
29.09.2016, Washington DC.
The official spokesperson of the U.S. State Department John Kirby threatened Russia with possible terrorist attacks against Russian cities. He also said Russian servicemen will be killed and planes will be shot down in Syria.
According to him, the continuation of the war in Syria will mean that extremist groups will continue to use the vacuum of power to expand their operations.
Kirby added that terrorist response will, “no question”, include “attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities”.
“And Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and they will continue to lose resources – even, perhaps, more aircraft,” Kirby said.
On September 28 U.S. State Secretary John Kerry said to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a phone call that Washington might cease the cooperation with Moscow on Syria.
On September 26 during the emergency meeting of the Security Council U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Samantha Power accused Russia of “barbarism” in Syria.
On September 22 Syrian army launched an offensive in Aleppo. This was preceded by a week-long ceasefire, which was a result of an agreement between Moscow and Washington. However, on September 19 both sides of the conflict, non-government forces and Syrian army, declared that they will resume military actions.