Samantha Power should be embarrassed: Russia’s Maria Zakharova
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Maria Zakharova made the comment after Samantha Power said during a UNSC meeting that the Russian spokeswoman should be “embarrassed” for suggesting that a recent US attack, which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, showed that Washington is defending Daesh.
On Saturday, US-led coalition aircraft, purportedly fighting Daesh in Syria, bombed a Syrian military airbase in Dayr al-Zawr province. At least a hundred soldiers were also injured in the airstrikes.
Following the attack, Zakharova said, "We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Daesh…Now there can be no doubts about that."
“Dear Samantha Power, in order to know the meaning of the word ‘embarrassed,’ I highly encourage you to travel to Syria and talk to the people there for yourself. And by that I do not mean the al-Nusra Front militants, nor the moderate opposition, whose humanitarian situation Washington seems to be so worried about. I likewise am not referring to the Western warriors for justice for Syria. I’m referring to the actual people that continue to live there in spite of the bloody experiment that has been waged on their homeland for over six years, with active participation by Washington,” wrote Zakharova on her Facebook page.
She noted that she is personally in constant contact with Syrian opposition forces and orphaned children in Syria.
“Let’s go there together,” she said, promising to cover the expenses of Power’s trip.
“Do say yes. Don’t be frightened. Nobody will lay a finger on you in my presence. Unless, of course, your guys don’t again ‘mistakenly’ strike the wrong target. You’ll make lots of new memories. And find out what ‘embarrassed’ means in the process,” she stressed.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict. In 2014, the UN said it would no more be updating its official death toll for Syria.