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Diplomat slams Washington’s allegations against Damascus, Moscow as ‘blatant propaganda’

November 24, 2016, 17:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
You never give exact coordinates and dates, never say when and where the alleged attacks took place, so this is just empty rhetoric," Zakharova said commenting on Samantha Power’s statement
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A Russian Su-25 jet at Hmeimim airbase in Syria

A Russian Su-25 jet at Hmeimim airbase in Syria

© Vadim Grishankin/Russian Defence Ministry Press and Information Office/TASS

MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. Washington’s allegations against Damascus and Russian Aerospace Force over attacks on civilian targets are no more than a blatant propaganda, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"You never give exact coordinates and dates, never say when and where the alleged attacks took place, so this is just empty rhetoric," Zakharova said commenting on US permanent representative to the UN Samantha Power’s statement in which she said that several Syrian officers were guilty of war crimes.

Zakharova pointed out that allegations over attacks on civilian targets, particularly the humanitarian convoy attack on September 19, are "mere propaganda" as the accusations are groundless.

"If we talk of war crimes, then Samantha Power should direct her question to US generals who have caused the death of dozens, hundreds or even hundreds of thousands people from the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia to the hostilities in the Middle East," the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman added.

On November 21, US permanent representative to the UN Samantha Power named some Syrian officers whom Washington believes to be guilty of war crimes. According to the US diplomat, they either led the units that carried out military assaults on residential areas and civilian infrastructure, or controlled prisons where opposition activists were tortured.

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