“Syria has been a country of Russian influence for four years. And that is why Russia has had a military presence in Syria for some time, ”Ernest said.
According to him, Washington should make sure that the Russian Federation is not building up a military grouping in the country.
“We want to be sure that Russia has the opportunity to make a constructive contribution to the fight against IS, together with the international coalition created by the United States, which, of course, is designed to destroy the IS”.
Earlier, another representative of the State Department - Kirby - stated that "the US is still concerned about the buildup of Russia's military presence in Syria," and Moscow’s intentions "are still not clearly understood."