Zakharov: Russian Federation did not present the facts of civilian casualties in Syria air strikes

Zakharov: Russian Federation did not present the facts of civilian casualties in Syria air strikes

MOSCOW, 8 February. Moscow still has not shown compelling facts about the deaths of civilians as a result of Russian air strikes in Syria. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

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“Reaffirm that the operation of the Russian space forces is aimed solely at suppressing the terrorist threat in Syria – she pointed out. – The choice of goals and actions in the context of the operation verified and regularly covered in mass media of the Ministry of defense of Russia in the spirit of transparency. While we still have not been charged with any credible evidence of civilian casualties as a result of Russian air strikes”.

At the same time, stated the official representative of the foreign Ministry, all requests of Moscow to the countries, striking at Syria in the framework of the slave States of the coalition, on joint definition of objectives and remain unanswered. “Meanwhile see that the militants of the so-called “moderates” of the anti-government opposition does not cease its military activity in different parts in Syria, which, however, finds no coverage in Western media,” she said.

The meeting in Geneva

Zakharova recalled that the inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva, “it is the radical opposition, which manipulated its foreign sponsors, has put forward unacceptable conditions for their initiation, in contrast to the delegations of the Syrian government and the patriotically-minded opponents of official Damascus.”

“We are in favour of negotiations in Geneva was based on the need to fully implement all provisions of UN security Council resolution 2254. Will stick to this line and the upcoming 11 February in Munich the meeting of the International support group Syria, setting up of all parties to impartial assessments and constructive”, – she summed up.

Distortion of Russia’s role

Statements by UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon that Russia’s actions in Syria lead to slippage in the intra-Syrian talks, biased, said Maria Zakharova. According to her, “in a number of foreign media campaign to distort the role of Russia in the Syrian settlement, including in respect of the operation of the Russian space forces and alleged as a result of the civilian casualties. Noted that in this campaign, wittingly or unwittingly, became involved and UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon”.

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“In his speech at the London conference on the humanitarian situation in the SAR and in a recent interview with the English Financial Times he actually laid on Russia the responsibility for the slippage of the inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva and the degradation of the humanitarian situation in the country”, – said Zakharov.

“Always proceeded and continue to proceed from the fact that comments from the chief administrative officer of the world organization in accordance with its status must maintain impartiality and objectivity. In this case, this clearly did not happen,” she said.

Earlier, speaking in London at a conference of donor countries for Syria, ban Ki-moon called for a pause in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to return to the negotiating table, and not “to take new positions on the battlefield”.
According to the head of the world organization, the talks, the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura tried to start in Geneva on January 29, has been undermined by a sudden increase of air strikes on Syria. “Is of great concern that the initial steps in the negotiations were undermined by the continuing lack of humanitarian access and the sudden increase of air strikes and military activity in Syria,” – said ban Ki-moon