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    Briefing with Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Dismisses Johnson's Accusations Over Syria

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    The United Kingdom is guilty of protracting and worsening violence in Iraq, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday in response to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's similar accusation regarding Russia's role in Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Johnson told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that Russia was guilty of protracting the war in Syria as well as "making it far more hideous." Johnson also said that Russia might be guilty of war crimes if allegations of its attack on a UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo were true.

    "Everything is correct, except for two words: the word 'Russia' should be replaced with 'Britain,' and 'Syria' with 'Iraq,'" Zakharova said on her Facebook account.

    Currently Syria is seeing intensified fighting in the city of Aleppo, after the Syrian army declared an end to the week-long ceasefire on Friday, blaming militants for numerous violations that made the cessation of hostilities unreasonable.

    Earlier on Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Aleppo had faced the most intense airstrikes since the start of the Syrian conflict, expressing dismay at the situation and the fate of civilians trapped in the city.

    A UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Aleppo province was hit on Monday, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). As a result, 18 of 31 trucks were destroyed and at least 21 individuals were killed. A number of US military officials claimed that Russia was responsible, while Russia called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

    On September 9, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov brokered a ceasefire in Syria that took effect three days later. The agreement called for unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid and stipulated that only designated terror groups would be targeted in military strikes.

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    • ivanwa88
      youtu.be/d6M3G8GsU1I Very interesting video clip from Syria News.
    • edover3
      The so-called humanitarian crisis in Aleppo is being blown out of proportion. First, there aren't 300,000 people trapped; that is propaganda, and 300,000 was the amout of people that USED to live there in the past. Currently, the only ones left there are mostly rebels and their families, and they are not covered by any ceasefires since they are the enemy. Second, the militants themselves have prevented people from leaving E. Aleppo, and their buddies have fired on aid convoys. They mean to keep these people trapped and dependent on the militants, and are being used as human shields so that Syrian military doesn't attack them. So the US can take its BS propaganda and shove it!
    • Franko
      Miss Maria Zakharova, you are definitely right. That is Britain who have to be accused of war crimes. I think this Boris Johnson drinks too much beer..
    • ViTran
      Brits Imbecile blame RF for Syria saying with Straight face that UK, americans etc are NOT in Syria never have been and Assad needs to resign !

      Imbecile IQ is room temperature - centigrade !
    • ViTranin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, Insurgents that be brits and americans
    • anne00marie
      Short and sweet. I guess Boris forgot to check out the Russian evidence with regards the humanitarian aid convoy. I doubt it was owing to him researching why the UK was implicated in taking out the legal Forces of a sovereign nation, on their territory, without an invite?

      Don't let facts get in the way of a soundbite Boris.

      "Everything is correct, except for two words: the word 'Russia' should be replaced with 'Britain,' and 'Syria' with 'Iraq,'" Zakharova said on her Facebook account.

      Read more: sputniknews.com/politics/20160925/1045681684/fm-zakharova-accusations-syria.html
    • raptorabz
      Boris is a Baffin, he talks thru his arse ,full of lies ,even on Brexit and then he hides after Brexix, the world should not listen to this Baffin.
    • Frankoin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, I think it is time for you to resign..
    • tobi.gelando
      Miss. Zakharova you have say the right sentence "No daub" !!!
      Boris has a IQ from below 20 normal for the UK (super intelligent) and by that he is the number one lap dog from the Usa (terror state) This say all !!!!
    • bruce.hannaford
      Most Briton's think BoJo does not know where Syria is.
    • jas
      International conservatives need an organization to combat people like Johnson and other fake conservatives. Putin and LePen are proof that there are fundamental characteristics that define a conservative. Foreign entanglements are NOT part of being conservative. The Bible phrases it in the best way, no one can serve two masters.
    • PaleRider
      As usual, Maria is the only grownup in the room.
      Careful Boris, or your nick name (Boris the Clown) will be replaced with "Boris the Bu++head."
    • michael
      I like it...having a 'mere' (no disrespect intended here), spokesperson for the ministry to reply to a Foreign Minister of a sovereign country. He does not even have the respect from Russia to receive a response from Mr Lavrov. :)
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