If the U.S. won’t fight terrorists in Syria, it should stop getting in the way, said Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.
Konashenkov was responding to the U.S. State Department’s calls to other countries to deny port access to Russian oil tankers heading to Syria.
“If Washington cannot or does not want to fight terrorists, it should not get in the way,” Konashenkov said, according to sputniknews.com.
Konashenkov said the position of the U.S. represents an attempt to hamper Russia’s effort to “fight international terrorism in Syria” and to “conceal the failures of the U.S. policy” in the war-torn country.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday to the New York Times that countries in the region should not help Russian tanker ships carrying fuel to be used in airstrikes on civilians.