BELGRADE – MANPADS could fall into terrorists’ hands after the US lifts restrictions on supplies of arms to Syria allies, and that would be the worst outcome of this decision, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.
The danger of MANPADS falling into terrorists’ hands is a “regional and a global threat,” Peskov said.
Asked if the decision could be dangerous to the Russian Air Force, Peskov answered, “Definitely.”
President Barack Obama on Wednesday in a memorandum to the US Departments of State and Defense waived restrictions related to providing military assistance to foreign forces in Syria, stating that the move is “essential to the national security interests,” according to a White House press release issued on Thursday.
Since 2014, the US have been carrying out air strikes targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), but the strikes were conducted without the permission of the Syrian government. US Special Forces are also on the ground in Syria, supposedly training and advising what the US calls ‘vetted opposition forces.’ Among them are the ’Syrian Democratic Forces’ and other groups. The US has never provided the entire list of the groups they support.
The latest news comes just as US lawmakers have introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, which aims to prevent taxpayer money being spent on supporting and arming international militant groups through covert operations and third states.