Russia accuses the United States of "international banditry" in Syria

The Pentagon chief announced on Friday that US troops would be deployed in the country to protect the oil fields.

US soldiers near the oil field of Deir ez-Zor in Syria, March 23. Rodi Said / REUTERS

Of "International banditry"Russia declared on Saturday, October 26, the US's desire to protect the oil fields of eastern Syria taken over by Kurdish militias from fighters of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist organization .

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"Absolutely none of the hydrocarbon deposits (…) located on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic belongs to ISIS terrorists, let alone to "US defenders of ISIS terrorists", but exclusively to the Syrian Arab Republic "said the Russian defense ministry in a statement.

"Strengthening our position at Deir ez-Zor"

The day before, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, had announced the intention of the United States to defend the Syrian oil fields of Deir ez-Zor, the largest of the country, not far from the Iraqi border, where some 200 US soldiers are stationed.

"We are now taking steps to strengthen our position in Deir ez-Zor, and that will include mechanized forces, to ensure that the Islamic State group will not have access to a source of revenue that would allow it to strike in the region, in Europe, in the United States »he had told NATO.

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