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Russia appalled by stove-piping on airstrikes in Syria, says deputy ambassador to UN

November 17, 2015, 7:13 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
"It’s simply immoral to exploit the humanitarian topics in a bid to gain political scores," Vladimir Safronkov said
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UNITED NATIONS, November 17. /TASS/. Russia is appalled by disinfo reports on victims among civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructures, which the air raids of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria have allegedly brought about, the Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov said on Monday at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

"It’s simply immoral to exploit the humanitarian topics in a bid to gain political scores," he said. "In this context, we’re appalled by stove-piping of every description on the alleged victims among civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructures as a result of Russian missile and bombing strikes."

He called attention to the daily briefings for Russian and foreign reporters, which accompanied the Russian operations in Syrian airspace and aimed to provide the media "with an objective picture of developments and to expose the stove-piping technologies."

As an instance of red herring peddled through the media to the public at large, Safronkov recalled the October 20 reporting on an ostensible bombing of a hospital in Idlib Province that, according to reports, left numerous casualties behind on the ground.

The media circulated the pictures of a believably destroyed building of the hospital but "a satellite photo made on October 31 showed the hospital at Sarmin was standing all in one piece."

This unverified information was featured in the previous UN report on Syria, Safronkov said, adding it was highly regrettable that the rapporteurs for the UN "failed to summon their courage and to refute the insinuations around the actions of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria."

As he commented on the situation in Syria on the whole, he repeated Russia’s position suggesting that any tangible improvement there is possible only through achievement of political settlement on the background of persistent struggle with terrorism.

"The world community is building up the realization of how important an all-embracing antiterrorist coalition under the UN aegis is," Safronkov said.

"The latest terrorist acts in Baghdad, Beirut and Paris prove that terrorism can’t be justified by anything, to say nothing of the absence of justifications for passivity and disunity in the struggle with this evil," he said. "We reaffirm our readiness for joint work.".

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