US Calls Out Russia for Playing ‘Arsonist and Firefighter’ in Syria

Voice of America News reports: “A top U.S. general is accusing Russia of sowing the seeds of instability in Syria and across the greater Middle East, part of an ongoing attempt to expand its influence at the expense of the United States and the international community.

‘Diplomatically and militarily, Moscow plays both arsonist and firefighter, fueling tensions among all parties in Syria,’ the commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, told lawmakers Tuesday.

Votel further accused Russia of then offering to serve as a mediator in an effort to ‘undermine and weaken each party’s bargaining position.’

The criticism, though worded more sharply than in the past, is in line with previous warnings from U.S. and Western intelligence officials, who have said Russia views Syria as an opportunity to reassert Moscow’s central place on the world stage…”

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