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Russia to check foreign media reports on alleged strikes at civilian facilities in Syria

October 27, 2015, 18:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In each specific case, a careful probe will be carried out to check information on destroyed hospitals, mosques, schools and civilians’ deaths as a result of the Russian aviation’s operation
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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry will carefully check all statements by foreign representatives and media reports abroad on the Russian air force’s alleged strikes against civilian facilities in Syria, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.

The statement comes after the deputy defense minister’s meeting with foreign attaches from some countries.

The Defense Ministry maximally informs the world public daily about the Russian air force’s operation in Syria, tells and shows where, how and when and against whom the strikes were delivered, he said.

"If our partners have some additional information, we have long been urging to transfer it to us," the deputy defense minister said.

"In each specific case, a careful probe will be carried out to check information on destroyed hospitals, mosques, schools and civilians’ deaths as a result of the Russian aviation’s operation. Western media and the military and diplomatic corps organizations will be informed about the results of this check," he said.

The Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, convened on September 30 to approve Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request for the use of the country’s armed forces in Syria against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings.

On the same day, Russia’s Air and Space Force started to deliver the first pinpointed air strikes against the militants’ positions. The Russian aviation grouping comprises more than 50 aircraft and helicopters, including the Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-30SM fighters and Mil Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters.

Since the start of its operation in Syria, the Russian air force has performed hundreds of sorties to destroy dozens of ammunition depots, factories for the production of explosives and command posts.

Also, overnight to October 7, the Caspian Flotilla ships delivered a massive strike on the IS objectives in Syria, using Kalibr NK shipborne cruise missiles.

The Russian authorities have said on many occasions that Russia’s military would not take part in any ground operation in Syria.

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