Although is trying to work out the recent tension with caused by the latter’s involvement and role in the n conflict, diplomatically and militarily, the American Gen. finds the situation getting more perplexed because of Moscow’s impact and stance in .

On Tuesday, Votel spoke at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing where, as Anadolu cites him, he said that, “n support of ’s regime has not only propped it up but also increases the complexity of the defeat-Daesh campaign as Moscow plays the role of both “arsonist and firefighter”, fueling tensions among various parties in the region, including the U.S. and other coalition partners, and then serving as an arbiter to resolve disputes.”

“So I am concerned about this role that plays in northern and how it impacts all of our relationships and especially relations between us and ”, Votel added, stressing the following: “( has been) a key partner in the fight against ISIS (Daesh) here for a long period of time, and we do recognize they have legitimate concerns with security along their border from terrorism”