Russia Slams US for Double Standards Towards Syria
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
Islam Times - Russia had condemned the United States and several other countries for using double standards vis-à-vis Syria.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov slammed on Wednesday the US and other countries’ double standards in dealing with all issues connected to the situation in Syria, asserting that their stances towards what is going on in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside is a clear example of that.
In press statement in Moscow, Ryabkov said that the UN Security Council is currently working on a draft resolution on the situation in Ghouta, indicating that the humanitarian issues have been turned into a clear example of the double standards by the US and its pawns regarding all issues connected to the situation in Syria.
Meanwhile, Russia has vehemently denied a US claim that Russian fighter jets carried out airstrikes in Syria's militant-held Eastern Ghouta and reportedly killed scores of civilians since the start of the week.
"These are groundless accusations. It is not clear what they are based on. No specific data has been given. We do not agree (with them)," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday in response to a US briefing blaming Russia for the attacks.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, claimed that at least 250 civilians had been killed in the attacks.
The Britain-based group also blamed Russian jets for the attacks.
Eastern Ghouta region, located near the capital Damascus, is included in a deal between Turkey, Russia and Iran to establish de-escalation zones in Syria with the aim of reducing violence in the war-torn Arab country.
Russia has been lending aerial support to Syria’s counter-terrorism operations since September 2015.
The US and its allies have been bombarding what they call ISIS positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
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