Russia’s military maneuvers in Syria have the attention of Congress.
“I’m really disturbed by the Russian bombings that we’re seeing in Syria,” U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
Fischer says Russia has become more emboldened the past few years.
“With their actions in Crimea, Ukraine, cyber-attacks in Estonia, they are becoming more and more belligerent in many areas around the area, around their borders,” according to Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Fischer says though Russia insists it has been attacking the Islamic State, reports from the region indicate Russia might have fired upon rebel groups backed by the United States.
Fischer lays part of the blame on President Barack Obama.
“I just find it really disturbing. I think it just reflects the vacuum of leadership that we now have, because of the lack of American leadership through this administration,” Fischer says.
Though the United States opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he is supported by Russia.
Russian officials have acknowledged the airstrikes in Syria have targeted groups other than the Islamic State, as known as ISIL and ISIS. Those groups though, according to Russian officials, are known terrorist groups. They deny rebel groups backed by the United States have been targeted. Those groups have been fighting to unseat President Bashar al-Assad.