According to Reuters , the clash took place on August 25 in northeastern Syria. The car with the Russian military crashed into an American car. Reuters sources say the collision was unintentional, but several US troops were slightly injured during the incident.
“According to one of the versions, US troops blocked the way for the Russians when they were moving along the highway. On the other, the incident took place within the framework of the International Army Games. In response to the actions of the Americans, the Russian servicemen “squeezed” the US armored personnel carrier, ”the Gazeta.ru report says .
As the newspaper specifies, the clash took place in Hasaka province in the established security zone. Shortly before this, the Russian and Turkish military were fired upon from a grenade launcher while patrolling in Idlib. At the same time, the armored personnel carrier of the Russian military police was damaged, and two Russian servicemen received light concussions and were evacuated. Their condition is assessed as satisfactory. A few days earlier, a Russian general was killed in Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry commented on the incident, blaming the incident on American servicemen, who knew in advance about the passage of the Russian convoy, but made an attempt to block it.
“Despite this, in violation of the existing agreements, the US military attempted to block the Russian patrol. In response, the military police of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation took the necessary measures to prevent the incident and further fulfill the task, " RIA Novosti quotes the release of the Ministry of Defense.
The military operation in Syria with the participation of Russian military personnel began on September 30, 2015 at the request of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The purpose of the introduction of troops was the destruction of illegal armed groups and terrorists.