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Allegations Russia violates ceasefire in Syria are hoaxes, — Russian UN envoy

March 12, 22:07 UTC+3
"Blatant lies are said that Russia's Aerospace Force allegedly hits civilian targets which results in huge losses among the civilian population," he said adding it did not correspond to reality
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GENEVA, March 12. /TASS/. All accusations against Russia that it violates the ceasefire in Syria do not correspond to reality, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin told TASS on Saturday.

"Opponents of the cessation of hostilities in Syria are trying to provoke the sides for a renewed bloodshed and inject fabricated hoaxes that either Syrian troops or Russian Aerospace Force are allegedly delivering strikes," Borodavkin said.

"Blatant lies are said that Russia's Aerospace Force allegedly hits civilian targets which results in huge losses among the civilian population," he said adding it did not correspond to reality.

"The daily briefings of Russia’s Defense Ministry contain the truth about what we are doing and Syria and how we are operating there," he said.

The Russian diplomat noted that "basically the ceasefire stays in place in Syria."

On February 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama adopted a joint statement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria on February 27, obliging both sides to influence different political forces in the country to achieve a ceasefire.

The ceasefire came into effect at midnight on February 27 Damascus time.

In the meantime, the United Nations Security Council had adopted a resolution in support to ceasefire in Syria an hour earlier. The document drafted by Russia and the United States won unanimous support of all the 15 members of the Security Council.

The cessation of hostilities is to be applied to all parties to the Syrian conflict but for Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Islamic State] and Jabhat al-Nusra [both are banned in Russia] "or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council."

Russia’s aviation grouping has been delivering air strikes against the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria since September 30 at the request of Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

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