(NBC News) – Russian airstrikes in Syria have the Pentagon nervous this morning.
Putin supports Syria’s President. The U.S. wants him out, and believes these airstrikes – which Russia claims target ISIS – are anything but.
Here’s what Russia is saying about cooperating in Syria. “We agreed that the military should get into contact with each other very soon.” Russian FM, Sergei Lavrov.
And here’s what’s happening: the first Russian airstrikes. The U.S. only got one hour’s notice. “Concerns obviously that we have about the nature of the targets, the type of targets,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russia claims they’re targeting the Islamic State – ISIS terrorists. The Pentagon says ISIS doesn’t operate in this area.
They believe Russia is targeting opposition forces supported by the U.S. “That approach is tantamount as I said then to pouring gasoline on the fire,” said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
Critics say Vladimir Putin is taking action because the u-s didn’t: “He perceives the administration’s inaction and caution as weakness and he is taking full advantage.” Senator John McCain/ (R) Arizona
After that frosty handshake, the U.S. and Russia are still on opposite sides.
Russia’s been building up forces around Syria. Talks with our military are supposed to begin within days.