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Moscow calls US accusations of Russia’s indiscriminate airstrikes in Syria ridiculous

January 21, 2016, 18:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"Stop being ridiculous and use facts that Russia provides on a daily basis," the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson says

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MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. US accusations of indiscriminate airstrikes of Russian Aerospace Defense Forces in Syria are ridiculous, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"Talking about accusations against the Russian side [US accusations of Russia’s indiscriminate airstrikes in Syria], the Defense Ministry holds regular briefings, not only for journalists, but also for military attaches of foreign countries, on all issues that they are concerned about," Zakharova said. "They can ignore Russian humanitarian aid for as long as they want, talk about bombing peaceful civilians, but the position to exist in isolation from reality is becoming ridiculous," she added.

"Stop being ridiculous and use facts that Russia provides on a daily basis," the spokesperson stressed.

Russian military operation in Syria

On September 30 last year Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to launch a military operation in Syria against Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups. Russian Aerospace Defense Forces delivered first targeted airstrikes at militants’ positions on the same day. More than 50 jets and helicopters take part in the operation, including Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets, Su-25 aircraft, Su-30SM fighter aircraft, and Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. Since the start of the operation, Russian aviation made hundreds of sorties, destroyed dozens of ammunition depots, explosives production plants and command posts.

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