At the briefing were the Minister of defense.
The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis said that did not have precise information that the Russian mercenaries have been eliminated during an air strike by forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
About Mattis said at the briefing, the transcript of which was spread by the Ministry of defense, reports TASS. “We are coordinating [in this area], even a ground operation on each side,” said Mattis.
According to the above named reports, the Russian military were among Syrian forces targeted coalition of Hasama. “We are Russians at the time said their forces there,” – said the head of the Pentagon.
Mattis also doubted that the Russians control the situation in the region. “The fact is that someone decided to attack us, and the Russians said that it is not about them. (…) You can’t ask Russia to prevent the conflict in the case when she is not in control, it could not be done,” said Mattis.
He also added that the Euphrates river has long been used as a line of demarcation between U.S. forces and the opposition, and the troops of Russia and the government of Syria. “The Russians have always responded to our calls, we always answer. This line was never broken,” added Mattis.
He also suggested that contractors or employees of Russian private military companies have Hassama was not. “I think the Russians would have told us,” said Mattis. However, he warned that does not have absolutely accurate information on this.
We will remind, in result of air strikes of the international coalition led by the US in Syria has killed more than 100 fighters from Pro-government forces. Later it became known that on February 9 in Syria eliminated dozens of Russian mercenaries private military company “Wagner”. In the following figures, the number of the killed soldiers of the Russian private military company “Wagner” has reached more than 200 people.