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Kremlin can't confirm reports on US-led coalition’s airstrike at Syrian government forces

December 07, 2015, 14:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Syrian Foreign Ministry said earlier that four jets of the US-led coalition fired nine missiles at an army camp of the government forces in the Deir ez-Zor province
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MOSCOW, December 7. /TASS/. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has not confirmed information about the airstrike of the US-led coalition at an army camp of the Syrian government forces.

"This question should better be addressed to our colleagues in the military," Peskov told journalists. "I do not have such information," he added.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said earlier that four jets of the US-led coalition fired nine missiles at an army camp of the government forces in the Deir ez-Zor province in the country’s east. Three soldiers were killed by the airstrike and 13 more were injured. The incident occurred on Sunday, December 6.

US Defense Department spokesman for counter-terrorist operation in Iraq and Syria Colonel Steve Warren has already refuted reports about the airstrike against Syrian government forces.

Efficient anti-IS fight possible only as part of single coalition

The spokesman also noted that Moscow is still sure that the efficient fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is possible only as part of a single coalition.

"President Putin and Russia’s representatives at various levels have repeatedly stressed our confidence that the efficient fight against these dangerous manifestations (international terrorism, IS) is possible only on the platform of a single coalition and the full coordination of joint actions," Peskov said.

"We believe international terrorism, and in this case the Islamic State, which has managed to in fact occupy a significant part of territory of several states, namely Syria and Iraq, of course, poses an equal threat for all of us, for all the states," Peskov said.

Peskov commented on US President Barack Obama’s address to the nation late Sunday about terror threats and ensuring national security. The US leader called for more active cooperation with Washington’s friends and allies and allowing such countries as Russia to make more contribution in the common cause.

Peskov also stressed the would-be anti-Islamic State coalition requires no deals but understanding that there is no alternative to such a coalition.

"There is no need in any deals to form a coalition. And no coalition can be formed on the basis of deals," Peskov said, adding that the parties could pool their efforts only when they understood there were no alternative methods of countering terrorism.

"At the same time, such readiness for cooperation as demonstrated by the mayor of London is what completely agrees with Russia’s consistent position," he said.

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