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Russia’s Defense Ministry slams British minister’s allegations on Syria

October 10, 2016, 17:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The UK’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon in an interview with the BBC said that Russia was determined to prolong the civil war in Syria

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MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenko slammed a recent statement by the UK’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon’s as unintelligible in which he alleged that Russia was determined to prolong the civil war in Syria.

"The British defense secretary should have dwelled on what the UK has done to help the war-torn country, before making unintelligible statements on Russia’s alleged responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Syria," Konashenkov noted.

Fallon had earlier said in an interview with the BBC that "Russia is determined to prolong this civil war."

Konashenkov pointed out that Russia had been delivering humanitarian aid to the Syrian people on a regular basis. "Tell me, Mr. Fallon, how many settlements have returned to a peaceful life thanks to British assistance, how many pounds of humanitarian aid has the UK delivered to the Syrians, how many square feet of territory has your country liberated from the terrorists?" Russia’s Defense Ministry’s spokesman asserted.

"Where was the UK when IS (terrorist group, outlawed in Russia) had nearly reached the Mediterranean shore and almost turned Syria into a terrorist caliphate as had happened in Libya thanks to your efforts? You had been calling the shots on the Syrian aerial domain before the Russian Aerospace Force arrived on the scene. So who should be held accountable for creating and encouraging IS and Al-Qaeda’s offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra (also outlawed in Russia), whom the Russian Aerospace Force has been successfully fighting?" Konashenkov stressed.

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