03:55 GMT23 October 2020
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    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow and Damascus to stop any attempt to attack the rebels in Syria, "a hypocritical move" taking into account the intensification of Washington's airstrikes in Syria, website antiwar.com wrote.

    According to Kerry, Moscow is obliged to control the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and persuade him to give up his attempts to win back territories in the civil war, the website wrote.

    Kerry presented these conditions as a "self-evident" part of the efforts to resolve the current crisis. However, the website views this position as "hypocritical".

    "The comments seem more than a little hypocritical, coming amid a massive US-backed offensive in the north Syrian city of Manbij. Though Kerry insisted in his comments that the US is obliged to keep rebels from launching offensives, there's been no sign they've even attempted to do so," the website wrote.

    Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with US Secretary of State John Kerry. The majority of talks, as expected, concerned Syria and revealed a number of disagreements between the two parties.

    "So far we've been seeing that our US partners from the very beginning of this year were telling us that they will be able to separate the opposition groups they are supporting from cells, but until now they have not been successful in doing so," Lavrov said.

    According to the website, in recent months, the US enhanced its military activities in Syria, which led to an increase in the number of civilian casualties. Washington itself didn't bother to protect the Syrians from its airstrikes but criticized Moscow's attempts to evacuate civilians from combat zones, the website noted.

    Earlier, on August 1, the Russian Aerospace Forces' Mi-8 Hip transport helicopter was downed in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib while returning from a humanitarian mission in Aleppo. The vehicle was shot down from the ground over the area under the control of the terrorist group al-Nusra Front which is associated with so-called moderate opposition units.

    On July 8, Daesh shot down a Syrian Mi-25 helicopter which was being piloted by two Russian officers. The crew received a request form the Syrian side to strike advancing Daesh terrorists and thwarted the assault at the expense of their lives.


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