Kerry addresses US concern over Russian military advances in Syria

State Department confirms Kerry addressed Russian military developments in Syria; Russia preparing military base for over 1,000 army personnel

Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)

Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)

Secretary of State John Kerry relayed US concern of Russian military developments in Syria, reports claiming Kerry confronted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following Russian fighter jet deployment to Syria, as well as a development of military sites.

Russia has deployed a military team as well as begun deliveries for an air traffic control station in Latakia. According to a US official, Russia is preparing temporary housing units for over 1,000 military personnel, and that “It is inconclusive exactly what the Russians’ intent is. We have not seen the actual deployment of military assets or aircraft or forces.”

The State Department addressed the development and confirmed the reports, stating, “The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL coalition operating in Syria.”

Just last week, Iran announced it will receive its purchased Russian advanced S-300 missile system and following reports that Russia and Syria are in talks for sale of MiG-29 fighter jets and Yak-130 trainer jets.