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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zakharova Holds Weekly Press Briefing

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the situation in Syria, Ukraine's plans to hold missile firing drills near Crimea and Pentagon's decision not to jointly identify Daesh targets with Russia despite an "error" resulting in the deadly bombing of the Syrian army during her weekly press briefing.

Situation in Syria

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, take a selfie with their certificates after taking part in a training session in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area, east of the capital Damascus, on November 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
Not So Pure After All: 'Black Deeds' of 'White Helmets' in Syria
Zakharova started by commenting on the situation in Aleppo and other areas in Syria.

Russia has repeatedly introduced humanitarian pauses in Aleppo to help civilians, Zakharova said, adding that militants use the truce to regroup and replenish arms and ammunition.

Zakharova said that the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria is politicized as most of the aid delivered to rebel-held areas. However, she said that Moscow is ready to work with all international humanitarian organizations on the issue of humanitarian aid delivery.

"We strongly believe that humanitarian issues should not become a tool for political pressure or serve as means of flirting with terrorists or shielding them."

She slammed White Helmets group over a MannequinChallenge video, showing an alleged rescue of a Syrian civilian. Zakharova reminded that White Helmets are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, while such footages are more suitable for Oscar.

The so-called Syrian Civil Defense group, the White Helmets, sparked online anger after the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office (RFS) posted a video of them faking saving someone while doing the so-called "mannequin challenge," the viral video trend in which people are videoed while frozen in motion.

Statement by UK Defense Secretary

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a town hall, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va. - Sputnik International
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Zakharova commented on a controversial statement by UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who said that the US under President-elect Donald Trump should not hold an equal dialogue with Russia.

She said that it is inappropriate for any state to interfere in sovereign affairs of the US.

"We have to distinguish between electoral campaign rhetoric and what is done in practice. In fact, every US administration has always been in a confrontation with Russia. We do not say that there should not be any dialogue with Russia, but Russia could not be treated as an equal partner. Russia has obviously violated the international law by what it has done in Ukraine and Crimea and we will never forget this fact," Fallon said.

Erdogan's Statement That Turkey's Aims in Syria is to Get Rid of Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (File) - Sputnik International
Erdogan Says Turkey's Op in Syria Aimed to 'Put an End to the Rule' of Assad
Zakharova was asked to comment on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that Turkey's operation in Syria is aimed to "put and end to the rule" of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"What for? We do not lay claims to the Syrian lands… We are there to restore justice and put an end to the rule of cruel tyrant Assad," Erdogan said commenting on the Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria.

She said that Moscow is guided by Russia-Turkey agreements and official statements.

"In the context of the settlement of the Syrian crisis and bilateral relations with Turkey, we adhere to the agreements that we have reached at фт official level and directly with Turkish authorities."

Ankara signed the International Syria Support Group's Agreements that say that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, Zakharova said.

"We rely on the statements that have been made repeatedly by Ankara, including the leader of Turkey, and which formed the basis of the agreements signed by the country."

Ukrainian Plans to Hold Missile Firing Drills Near Crimea

The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman said that Ukrainian plans to hold missile firing drills near Crimea are a "provocation."

"As for the so-called exercises with missile launches, it is another large-scale provocation by Ukrainian authorities that is aimed to escalate the conflict between Ukrainian and Russia," Zakharova said.

She did not rule out that "after Donald Trump's victory in the US election, Kiev wanted to keep the US as its main patron."

Russian regions. Crimea - Sputnik International
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The Russian air transport agency Rosaviatsia said last week that Ukraine unilaterally decided to hold missile firing exercises near Simferopol in violation of international agreements.

The missile drills are expected to take place on December 1-2 between 05:00 GMT and 17:00 GMT, Rosaviatsia said, adding that the launches will extend into Russia’s civil airspace and present a threat to flight safety.

On Wednesday, the Russian Transport Ministry said that Russian aviation authorities have informed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of Ukraine's warning on introducing new restrictions for flights over the Black Sea near Crimea.

US-Led Coalition's Deadly Strikes on Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor

Zakharova said that "there is no logic" in Pentagon's decision not to identify Daesh targets of the US-led coalition in Syria despite an "unintentional, regrettable error" when US-led coalition aircraft mistakenly bombed the Syrian army instead of Daesh in Deir ez-Zor.

The Pentagon has stationed a new fleet of fighter jets in Turkey. - Sputnik International
Pentagon Says No Plans to Identify Daesh Targets With Russia
On Tuesday, the Pentagon said that "in this incident, ultimately, we made an unintentional regrettable error primarily based on human factors in several areas in the targeting process."

However, the US Department of Defense said that Pentagon has no plans to work with Russia on the identification of Daesh targets.

On September 17, US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian army near the Deir ez-Zor airport, leaving 62 soldiers killed and some 100 wounded. The Pentagon said that the airstrike was a mistake and was intended to target Daesh militants, while a number of Syrian officials stated that the attack was intentional.

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