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    US, Coalition's Secrecy in Syria Helps Evade Responsibility for Civilian Deaths

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    The secrecy of the actions of the US Air Force and the coalition in Syria have allowed to evade responsibility for the deaths of civilians, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.

    "The aviation of the US Air Force and the international coalition tries to act in secrecy during operations in Syria. Our US colleagues do not like to notify of their plans of use of their military planes, only rarely outlining the approximate timeframe and area. But not the specific types of planes and to whom they belong. This allowed the coalition's planes to evade responsibility for civilian deaths and destruction of civilian objects in vases of tragic ‘mistakes," Konashenkov said.

    US military officials are often nowhere to be found on the other end of a hotline set up with Russia to discuss and resolve contentious issues in Syria, he added.

    "Our US colleagues often simply cannot be found on the other side of the 'hotline' in Qatar, designed to discuss and resolve contentious issues," Konashenkov said.

    Brig. Gen. Charles Corcoran, commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, accused Russian pilots of "rarely, if ever" responding to distress calls amid alleged close calls over Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

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