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    UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's calls to stage demonstrations outside Russia’s Embassy in London over Moscow’s campaign in Syria are embarrassing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Johnson blasted Moscow for its actions in Syria and urged people to protest outside the Russian Embassy in London. The minister also called on anti-war groups to picket the Russian Embassy in the city.

    "Apparently, Boris Johnson has moved from words to actions and used a weapon, with which he threatened Russia — embarrassment. We find it embarrassing," Zakharova told RIA Novosti.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with opposition factions and Islamist terrorist groups such as Daesh and the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front, now known as Jabhat Fatah al Sham, fighting the Syrian army. Both organizations are banned in many countries worldwide, including Russia.

    Russia has been conducting an anti-terror campaign in the Arab country since September 2015 at Syrian President Bashar Assad's request.

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