EU sanctions on fuel supplies to Syria do not affect the Russian air group based at the Hmeymim airbase as its combat operations in the war-torn country are part of Russia’s contribution to the fight against terrorism.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry fuel supplied to Syria by Sovfracht, which has also been hit by Washington’s restrictive measures, was intended to derail the support of Russia’s aerospace forces in the country.
Washington once again demonstrated political recklessness by sanctioning employees of the Russian company Sovfracht for supplying aviation fuel to Syria.
The outrageous attempt to extend US national laws far beyond the borders of the USA, show that restrictive measures against Sovfracht are in fact supporting terrorists in Syria.
Over the past several years, the USA has introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russian individuals and entities over their alleged support for the Syrian government.
Reuters claimed earlier that at least two Russian-flagged tankers had “smuggled” jet fuel to Syria violating EU restrictive measures against Bashar Assad’s government.
The existing intrigues, restrictions and ‘sanctions’ within the EU against fuel supplies to Syria, cannot affect the Russian air group at all, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement stressing that Russia is not part of the EU and can not be forced to follow its controversial policies.
Konashenkov added that the Russian combat planes do not and will not have any shortages of jet fuel, especially when it comes to the fight against international terrorism.
ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.