The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Russia has nothing to do with the attack on a school in the Syrian Idlib. Briefing of official representative of MFA shows the TV channel “Russia 24”.
The representative of the Ministry stressed that the allegations of some mass media about the responsibility of Russia for the airstrike “a lie”. “The Russian Federation has no relation to this terrible tragedy, this attack,” she said (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
Zakharova also said that Russia calls on the international institutions for an immediate investigation into the murder of schoolchildren. According to her, the Ministry of defence are studying the data of objective control in connection with the tragedy, and will soon make an official statement.
Earlier Thursday about the strike on a school in Idlib said the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). According to him, victims of the attack were 22 children and six teachers. However, the Fund was not mentioned, the planes of which country struck at school.
Permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin called the attack a terrible incident. “It’s terrible. I find it easier just to say that it’s not us, but I am a responsible person, so I need to wait and see what will our Ministry of defence,” — said the diplomat.
Russia and the West have repeatedly charged each other accusations of attacks on civilians in Syria.
Two days ago, on October 25, the chief of the main operations Directorate of the General staff Sergey rudskoy said that U.S. air strikes on residential areas, schools and other buildings civil infrastructure in Iraq’s Mosul. According to him, on 21 October, the US air force aircraft attacked a school for girls al-Haj Yunus, the next day at residential areas in Karakose, and October 23 — at the settlement Karakara.
Western countries accuse the Russian Air and space forces in the air strikes on civilians in Eastern Aleppo. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande after the meeting “channel four” in Berlin said that what is happening in Aleppo should be regarded as a “war crime”. Earlier, a similar statement was made by U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, and on 17 October the EU Council has admitted that air strikes Russia and Syria at Aleppo can be considered war crimes.