Campaign in Syria Bears Results, UK Hardy Achieved Anything - Russian MoD
20:31 10.10.2016(updated 20:51 10.10.2016)
The positive results of the Russian anti-terrorist campaign in Syria are well-known, while it is unclear what the United Kingdom has achieved there, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Monday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Last week, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that Russian "intervention" in Syria had made a difficult situation in Syria even "much more dangerous."
"Before embarking on unconvincing arguments about the alleged Russian responsibility for the situation in Syria, the British defense minister should think of what Britain on its part has done in this embattled country. Tell me, Mr. Fallon, how many settlements have returned to regular civilian life thanks to Britain, how many pounds of humanitarian aid have been delivered to the Syrians, how many square feet of the territory have been liberated from terrorists by your country?" Konashenkov said.
He noted that the results of the Russian actions in Syria were "well-known" and included a vast number of liberated settlements, thousands of tons of humanitarian aid and large areas liberated form the terrorists.
"Where was the United Kingdom when the Daesh almost reached the shores of the Mediterranean, almost turning Syria into a terrorist caliphate, as it happened in Libya? After all, you roamed the sky above Syria before the arrival of the Russian Aerospace Forces. So who should be told to take responsibility for the emergence and indulgence of the Daesh and the branch and al-Qaeda the Nusra Front [currently known as Jabhat Fatah al Sham], which has been effectively fought by the Russian Aerospace Forces?" Konashenkov added.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with opposition factions and Islamist terrorist groups fighting the Syrian army. The Russian Aerospace Forces began their operation against terrorists in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The US-led coalition, including the United Kingdom among some 60 nations, has been fighting terrorists separately, but without either Damascus' or the UN Security Council's approval.
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