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Russian reconciliation center in Syria posts news on Internet

April 10, 0:32 UTC+3 AL-NASRIYA
The Russian reconciliation center’s news bulletins will be posted in several foreign languages both on the Defense Ministry’s official website and on global social networking sites
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AL-NASRIYA /Syria/, April 9. /TASS/. Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria has begun posting its news on social networking sites, Spokesman for Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov told a briefing in the village of Al-Nasriya near Damascus on Saturday.

"Today we are starting to post the Russian reconciliation center’s news bulletins in several foreign languages both on the Defense Ministry’s official website and on global social networking sites," Konashenkov said, noting that after U.S. reporters had refused to go on a press tour around Syria, "the American media outlets suddenly stopped publishing information from daily news bulletins released by the Russian reconciliation center."

Until Thursday, "they were cited and published in U.S. news materials daily," the general said. Russia fails to know "the true reasons behind such paradoxical changes," he said. "But anyway, we are sure that U.S. society along with other countries’ citizens should not be restricted in their right to get unbiased information about developments in Syria."

The ceasefire has been effective in Syria since February 27. It does not apply to the groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia), and also to other groups declared as terrorist by the UN Security Council.

The Russian Defense Ministry declared the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Hmeimim air base, Latakia province. The center was set up in line with agreements reached by Russia and the United States to facilitate the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition and to organize humanitarian deliveries.

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