Russia rejects Palmyra strike claims as 'absolute lie'
Iran Press TV
Tue Oct 6, 2015 4:40PM
Russia has dismissed as 'absolute lies' reports that its warplanes have targeted the world-renowned ancient city of Palmyra in Syria.
"All reports by foreign media that Russian planes allegedly struck the city of Palmyra are an absolute lie," TASS news agency quoted Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Russian defense ministry spokesman, as saying on Tuesday.
He added that Russia's fighter jets, which have been striking positions of Daesh Takfiri terrorists across Syria, do not hit populated areas and "especially ones with architectural monuments."
The remarks came after reports earlier in the day that Russian jets had targeted Daesh positions in Palmyra with the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claiming Russia struck Palmyra overnight.
Moscow began an aerial military campaign against the Daesh militants and other terrorist groups in Syria late last month upon a request from the Damascus government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said one of the key objectives of Moscow's air campaign in Syria is to preserve the Arab country's territorial integrity.
Russian raids have drawn criticism from Western governments and their allies in the Middle East, which have been supporting the militants operating in the Middle East region.
Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Ministry slammed global media for intentionally misrepresenting the objectives which Moscow is pursuing through its airstrikes in Syria.
"From the very beginning of the military part of the Russia's counter-terror operation in Syria, which was initiated after the official request of the government of that country, international media launched a powerful anti-Russian campaign," said Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry.
She said claims of civilian deaths in Syria were 'illustrated with photos and videos that actually either are outdated or have no relation to the subject or the region."
Zakharova noted that Russia is not after joining the 'illegal' US-led coalition fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
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