The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis said that the US and Russia were able to avoid a new military confrontation in Syria. The threat arose after the «Russian troops» crossed the Euphrates and took up positions in close proximity to U.S. troops.
According to the Minister, to prevent military action failed due to the phone conversation of the head of the joint chiefs of staff, Joe Dunford, and the chief of the General staff of the Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov.
A Russian General said a colleague that switched to the East coast armed Russians are not under its control. However, in the course of the conversation it was agreed that they would return to the West Bank of the Euphrates. The Americans moved their position a little farther from the river.
Recall that on 7 December under similar circumstances, the Russian mercenaries were attacked by the U.S. air force and high-precision artillery. This has led to the deaths, according to various estimates, from several tens to several hundreds of Russians.
The Minister said that after the December clashes in Syria comes less Russian mercenaries. He also regretted that Russia took a course on the global confrontation of States, Recalling the days when troops of the two countries have participated in peacekeeping missions.
«Unfortunately, it was in the past. Russia has decided to become a strategic opponent, often behaves irresponsibly. Otherwise it is impossible to qualify its actions in Salisbury, where there is a threat of life of civilians,» he said.