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    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zakharova Holds Weekly Press Briefing

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    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova held her weekly press briefing on Thursday, covering such topics as the US-Russia relations and the situation in Syria.

    On the Situation in Syria

    The situation in Syria remains tense, especially in the northern parts of the country with battles going on in Aleppo and around it where al-Nusra Front, a militant group that renamed itself Jabhat Fatah al-Sham in July, uses civilians as a shield.

    "So far we see in the actions of primarily Western countries no concern for the humanitarian situation in Syria, but the desire to protect al-Nusra and affiliated forces and militant groups," Zakharova said.

    Zakharova also spoke about the shelling of Russia's embassy in Damascus: "Russia sees a link between the US State Department's 'body bags' threat and this week's shelling of Russia's embassy in Damascus".

    When talking about the UK Foreign Secretary Johnson's accusations of Russian airstrikes on humanitarian organizations in Syria, Zakharova said that these accusations are unsubstantiated.

    "We do not hear these accusations for the first time. There is no evidence, only a frontal attack," Zakharova said. "If you directly accuse Russia, what is stopping you from providing the relevant materials? Satellite data, geolocation, any material that can confirm your statements."

    On US-Russia Relations

    When asked about the deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, Zahkarova said that the dynamic fits into the pre-election situation in the US.


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