Russians injured in recent clash in Syria were not servicemen - Foreign Ministry

Russians injured in recent clash in Syria were not servicemen - Foreign Ministry

As Russia's Defense Ministry announced earlier, the Syrian militia fighters came under the coalition's strikes in the province of Deir ez-Zor on February 7 due to actions uncoordinated with the Russian military.

Russia has backed Syria's fight against terror since late 2015 when Russian air force and troops arrived in the Arab country at an official request of Damascus to help the government fight against Daesh and other Takfiri militants.

"They were helped in returning to Russian Federation where, to our knowledge, they are undergoing treatment in various medical institutions", the Foreign Ministry said in Tuesday's statement.

We will remind, earlier it was reported no less than 300 Russians PPK "Wagner" who were killed or injured in combat with USA special forces in Syria.

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"I still can not give you any more information on why they would do this", Mattis said over the weekend.

"But they took directions from someone". Was it from external sources?

The Russian defense minister also accused the U.S. of having a "hidden agenda", claiming that the aim of what he labeled as Washington's "illegal military presence in Syria" was is to control the country's assets - not defeat Daesh. Most are Russian citizens, though some have Ukrainian and Serbian passports. But the presence of the Russian contractors adds an element of unpredictability.

The U.S. military has said the attacking forces were aligned with the Syrian government and were backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.

Lavrov pointed to the military and political debacle in Iraq since the United States invasion as an example of what can happen when the USA meddles in the region. "We'll work with obviously anyone who can answer that question".