The Syrian Foreign Ministry has accused the US-led international coalition of deliberately bombing Syrian oil wells so that the government loses crucial energy infrastructure.
“They did it so that we have to pay tens of millions of dollars to restart work in these fields,” the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad stated.
The diplomat stressed that some oil fields are currently controlled by various non-government groups, including the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“We want to stress again that the Kurds are part of the Syrian people, and we do not want anyone working in the interests of other countries against the interests of Syria, I hope they [the Kurds] understand this,” Mekdad said.
In addition, Damascus believes that the United States is supporting Kurdish forces “as long as the interests of the parties coincide.”
According to estimates by Russian expert Dmitry Marinchenko, the director of the Fitch Natural Resources and Commodities Group, it may take hundreds of millions of dollars to restore the Syrian oil industry, which has been heavily destroyed over the course of the war that began in 2011.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation and the Syrian military have found in the eastern part of Homs province warehouses with armaments manufactured in NATO countries that were held by terrorist forces.
“We are in the village of Zaafarana, in the province of Homs, at the checkpoint of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group. You can see here a large number of gas masks and other items, in particular, Tow-2 anti-tank missiles,” the Russian center’s representative, Andrei Nekipelov, reported from the scene. In addition, clandestine arms factories manufacturing explosive devices were also discovered.
The Toy-2 is an American anti-tank guided missile adopted by the US Army and kept in service since the 1970s. Since then, it has been modernized several times. It remains one of the most widely used anti-tank systems in the world.