TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova voiced her country’s anger at fabricated reports by the West about large civilian casualties in the aftermath of Russian airstrikes in Syria.
Addressing a weekly press briefing in Moscow on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova cautioned that Moscow is outraged by the release of unsubstantiated reports on civilian casualties of Russian airstrikes in Syria.
“[We are] outraged by the fact that false materials about alleged civilian casualties in Syria as a result of Russia’s airstrikes are reproduced in the report of the UN Secretary-General on the humanitarian situation in Syria with reference to the UN Office for Human Rights,” she added. “Such insinuations…have nothing to do with reality.”
According to her, Moscow regards it as “part of a propaganda campaign.”
“Prior to this briefing, the US Embassy in Moscow sent a press release saying that Russian airstrikes in Syria target opposition figures and civil facilities instead of terrorists. They again use information from a UK-based watchdog. Why do they refer to unnamed sources or sources which can in no way be credible,” spokesperson underlined.
“We received no official information on that. Such propaganda leaflets are released prior to important events,” Zakharova went on to say, referring to Friday’s Vienna meeting on Syria.
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman encouraged international journalists and diplomats to use information from official Defense Ministry briefings.
“Let me remind you that the [Russian] Defense Ministry not too long ago invited the representatives of the military attache and asked where and from which sources they get this information that Russia is not operating against the right targets and as a result, civilians are dying. We have been given no official information whatsoever,” Zakharova said.
She stressed that unilateral formats cannot help solve the conflict.
“We have talked about the need to use the full potential of leading regional and international players, all parties that one way or the other are involved and may make a positive, constructive contribution,” spokesperson said.
“We are convinced that this approach, rather than some one-sided formats such as the Friends of Syria group, may bring peace and tranquility for a new, united, secular, and democratic Syria,” Zakharova told reporters.
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