Ash Carter: Russia Does Nothing Against ISIS. Russian Minister: He Must Mean the US
Russian defense minister hits back at American counterpart for his incendiary claim
Two days ago US Defense Secretary Ash Carter complained US is left to fight ISIS alone as Russia is not doing anything against it:
"They haven't done anything against ISIS. Virtually zero."
"They came in they said they were going to fight ISIL and they said they were going to help end the civil war in Syria. They haven't done either of these things."
"As a consequence of course, we’re fighting ISIL ourselves."
Yesterday Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu suggested Carter must have the two countries mixed up:
"Yesterday I listened to a speech by one of my foreign counterparts in a faraway country."
"He said that Russia’s contribution to the struggle against terrorism in Syria and in the region was equal to zero."
"I might have subscribed to what he said in a sense only if a) that counterpart of mine had not picked the wrong country; and b) had been more accurate in his comments."
The excellent Syria expert Joshua Landis believes Ash Carter is full of it and only made the claim because he thinks it hurts Trump: