US strikes in Syria killed Russian contractors, Russia says

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:00
Written by The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) - An unknown number of private Russian military contractors were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, Russian media reported Tuesday in a development that could further inflame Russia-U.S. tensions.

Officials in both Moscow and Washington remained coy about the deaths, which would be an embarrassment for both countries if it turns out that Russian fighters were part of a unit that attacked a military force with American troops.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, refrained from commenting on reports about the incident last week, saying they need to be verified.

Asked during a conference call with reporters if Putin raised the episode during a phone conversation Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump, Peskov said the situation in Syria wasn’t discussed during the call.

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:00. Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:02.