Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Washington would intensify its aerial campaign against ISIL, "including with additional US and coalition aircraft and a heavier rate of strikes."
"How can we explain the words by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter that the US will intensify its military campaign against ISIL? It only means that Russia is making progress in fighting the terrorists," Klintsevich told journalists.
According to him, Carter twisted the truth when he said that the US would not let Russia change the coalition’s plan in Syria.
"The effect of the Russian campaign is already visible. In this context, the US and its allies just cannot wait and see any longer," he underscored.
Earlier, the US Embassy in Moscow said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama had agreed on the common interest in fighting ISIL in Syria. Both leaders also underscored that Russian and the US should establish a contact line to avoid accidental collisions of their troops.