Russia slams 'outrageous' claims on Syria airstrikes
Iran Press TV
Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:54PM
Russia has slammed "outrageous" claims by the West that the Russian military is bombing civilian targets in Syria, calling on the military attaches of the United States and other NATO member states in Moscow to explain the allegations.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Moscow had asked the military attaches, including a representative from Saudi Arabia, to justify the claim or withdraw the allegation.
Anatoly Antonov, the Russian deputy defense minister, was quoted in the statement by Interfax as saying allegations that Russian planes have targeted hospitals in Syria were "outrageous."
Russia began its airstrikes against positions of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists and other militant groups in Syria on September 30 based on a request by the government in Damascus and after the Russian lower house of parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the mandate to began the military action. Putin later said the move was meant to stop the return of thousands of Russian nationals operating alongside militants in Syria.
Antonov said after the meeting with the attaches that Moscow will "carefully" check all statements by the foreign representatives and media reports on the allegation of bombing of Syria's civilian infrastructure by Russian fighter jets. He said the ministry has done its best to inform the public about the Russian air force's operation in Syria, adding that the locations, the times and the targets of the Russian airstrikes have all been provided to the media.
"If our partners have some additional information, we have long been urging to transfer it to us," Antonov said, adding that Western media and the military and diplomatic organizations will be informed about the results of a probe by Moscow into claims of destruction of hospitals, mosques, schools and civilian deaths as a result of the Russian military operation.
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