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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Konashenkov: Militants Preparing Provocation in Syria to Initiate US Attack

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On Monday, Minoborony source Major-General Igor Konashenkov said:

According to information confirmed through three independent channels in Syria, the command of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” aided by US special ops units are preparing a serious provocation involving chemical weapons in Deir ez-Zor Governorate. FSA militants delivered chlorine cylinders to Deir ez-Zor Governorate to simulate another chemical attack against civilians. After publication in western media, a staged video is set to initiate a missile strike on Syrian state facilities by the US-led coalition to justify an offensive operation by militants against Syrian government forces on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. We warn that the use of such provocations to destabilise the environment on Syrian territory is unacceptable.

11 June 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/defense/1009105

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Konashenkov: IS Emerged Because of US Invasion of Iraq

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On Saturday, Minoborony source Major-General Igor Konashenkov told reporters that the Islamic State terror group emerged because of the US invasion of Iraq and that most of the weapons that the USA provided to the Syrian opposition fell into the hands of IS and Jabhat al-Nusra militants. In comments on US Defence Sectary James Mattis’ statement that Bashar al-Assad, supported by Iran and Russia, led the Syrian people to a catastrophe, while the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces was the only organisation that succeeded in defeating terrorists in Syria, Konashenkov said:

We’re surprised at Pentagon chief Mattis’s verbal manipulations in regard to developments in Syria. We’d like to remind Mattis that the emergence and development of the ISIL in Iraq was a direct and undisputed result of the US invasion of the country under the false pretext of Saddam Hussein possessing chemical weapons. ISIL’s further expansion to Syria was possible because of the culpable inaction of the USA and the so-called US-led coalition, which made it possible for ISIL militants to take control of major oil-fields in eastern Syria and ensured a steady revenue from illegal trade in petroleum products. All this time, Washington focused on providing financial support and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons to the imaginary “Syrian opposition”. However, most of the weapons and ammunition provided by the USA fell into the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated with al-Qaeda, and ISIL, whose objective to topple the legitimate Syrian government coincided with Washington’s goals.

9 June 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/defense/1008903

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Minoborony Sez Pockets of IS Resistance in Syria Only in US-Controlled Areas

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On Saturday, Minoborony spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that pockets controlled by the Islamic State in Syria remain only in US-controlled areas:

As for the current situation in Syria, we recommend that the Pentagon chief study the country’s military map.

Konashenkov was commenting on the US Defence Secretary’s statement in which he said that President Assad, supported by Iran and Russia, led the Syrian people to a catastrophe, while the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces was the only organisation that succeeded in defeating terrorists in Syria. Konashenkov pointed up:

All pockets of ISIL resistance remain only in US-controlled areas. Peaceful life is returning to Syrian provinces controlled by the legitimate authorities. Demining activities are underway, businesses are open, as well as markets, schools, and kindergartens. These areas receive humanitarian aid and food, the USA didn’t pay for a single package. However, the UN and human rights defenders say that the Syrian people face a true catastrophe in the al-Tanf area occupied by US troops and in the city of Raqqa controlled by the USA illegally. Amnesty International’s latest report reflected all this.

9 June 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/1008894

Sunday, 3 June 2018

UN Ambassador Nabenzya Sez Disengagement of Forces in Southwest Syria to Take Place Shortly

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On Friday, Ambassador to the UN V A Nebenzya noted the existence of an agreement on disengagement of forces in southwestern Syria and stated that’d come into effect shortly in comments on reports concerning an agreement regarding the pullout of Iranian forces from southern Syria. He said:

I heard the news that was in the press and elsewhere about an agreement reached on disengagement in southwestern Syria and I think my understanding is that an agreement was reached, whether it’s been implemented as of now I can’t answer, but I understand that the parties involved in reaching the agreement are satisfied with what they reached. If it hasn’t been done by now, it’ll be done in the near future.

On 31 May, Israeli ambassador in Moscow Gary Koren told us that the Israeli government was satisfied with Russia’s position on the Iranian military presence on the Syrian-Israeli border. He said Israel and Russia held intense discussions regarding Iranian deployments in Syria, which he believes are aimed at Israel. Earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said:

Only Syrian troops should remain at the Syrian-Israeli border. The agreements reached in 2017 envisioned a pullout of all the foreign troops from that zone of de-escalation.

In the meantime, earlier this week, Syrian President Assad told RT there had never been any “Iranian troops” in Syria.

2 June 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/politics/1007683

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