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    Moscow Expects US-Led Coalition to Decry Deadly Belgian Strike on Syrian Village

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    The Russian Foreign Ministry expects an "adequate" reaction of the US-led coalition to the airstrikes on a Syrian village committed by the Belgian air force.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia expects the US-led counterterrorist coalition to condemn the latest deadly airstrike in Syria by one of its allies, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

    "We are waiting for an adequate response from the coalition, of course from Belgium, from all international institutions that are so concerned about attacks on Aleppo carried out by the Russian Aerospace Forces, including the attributed civilian casualties," Zakharova told reporters.

    The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said Tuesday it had received local reports of an airstrike on the village of Hassajek near Aleppo that killed six people and wounded at least four. Two Belgian Air Force F-16 jets had been detected in the area at the time of the strike.

    Zakharova stressed that she fails to see how "this fact could go unnoticed."

    "If we do not have direct condemnation of the coalition's actions, particularly that of the Belgian Air Force, we will have no other option than to consider what is happening now as an attempt to keep the militants in Syria," Zakharova said.

    Unacceptable Not to Use Humanitarian Pause in Syria for Intended Purpose

    It is unacceptable not to take advantage of an announced humanitarian pause in Syria to ease the plight of the local population, Zakharova said.

    "The situation in which this pause will not be used for its intended purpose, namely to facilitate the solution of the humanitarian situation, is unacceptable," she told reporters.

    The announcement on the humanitarian pause for Aleppo was made on Monday by chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operational Directorate Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy. On Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force stopped airstrikes in the vicinity of Aleppo starting 07:00 GMT ahead of the humanitarian pause.

    "If there is no action on the part of the coalition and all those who have expressed concern about the humanitarian situation [and] its resolution, then the aim was not at all the humanitarian situation in Aleppo. This will be direct and unequivocal evidence of support for militants," Zakharova stressed.


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    • avatar
      another party is running and conducting this coalition and it is not benevolent
    • avatar
      This was a obvious and callous attempt to wreck potential success of the cease fire to get terror groups to leave Aleppo.
    • avatar
      Latest poll by the no 1 forecaster in the last election has Trump 1.6 points in front.
      US now needs a war to get HC in.
    • Mikhas
      This was a cowardly provocation that US obviously didn´t feel comfortable to perform themselves, so they sent a vassal instead. Next provocation will undoubtedly test Russian and Syrian air defences and target Syrian troops since Russia promised a swift and deadly response should that happen again.

      I wonder which vassal state and what "brave pilots" that would be....
    • avatar
      it will be a long wait. It will require the usg to become human.
    • American Socialist
      i can't believe Belgium is an American lackey.
      what a disgrace.
      Belgium used to be known for progressive, liberal ideas.
    • avatar
      I can't get it: why Syria & Russia give the permission to so-called ''US-coalition'' to enter the Syrian air-space?
    • Jupiter
      Their actions showing this why you want evidence? They don't want to hear you any more. Rt closed in UK and next week may be in US.
    • avatar
      Russia has all facts - expressed in words and deeds - that the West does not care about the humanitarian situation in East Aleppo. These facts will convince every rational being if carefully laid out in front of them.

      Russia should stop trying to convince the West that they are illogical and irrational.

      This is because Russia will never succeed in convincing the irrational West that their logic is not rational because, in this matter, illogicality and irrationality is their means to achieve a pre-determined end, namely to preserve terror on earth (not only in Syria). Terror is their trump card - take it away from them or make it impossible for them to use it and they become completely powerless. Tension can then no longer be used by them to control public opinion in their own countries and in other countries of the world.

      The only way to undermine the Wests hegemonic geo-strategy is to eliminate all terrorists and terrorist entities from from the surface of the earth.

      On its part, Russia has convinced the earth community comprised of real human beings- as distinct from the criminal 'international community' or rouge states- of its integrity, and more importantly, its humaneness in prosecuting the Syrian front of this conflict.

      Action to eliminate and cleanse all remaining gun-wielding, bomb-throwing, tank-driving, TOW-using, cannon-operating, and other violent things from East Aleppo should commence as soon as this last call-to-leave expires. The cleansing actions should be quickly concluded with no more letup in the shortest possible time. The Belgian airstrike of yesterday should not be forgotten and all precautions implemented to ensure no NATO planes can, with any chance of success, interfere with the cleansing actions.
    • Jupiter
      West started to block Russia, first step is Russian English media and TV next is coming soon...
    • avatar
      Best respond is "NO-FLY-ZONE" jointly declared y Syria and Russia for the entire Syria land. If not, the Russia is too weak. If not, the ugly vouchers will continue to sneak in for whatever kills they can.
    • avatar
      Difference between West and Russia is that Russians never really understood that no matter what they say or show as a proof or material evidence, western lackeys will always officially trust to USA. That reminds me on times when all our nation "trusted and loved" Hitler. They did not have more options one being to express your real feeling and head for Concentrating cam or the other was to show up in masses and play the game and go along Nazis and scream Heill Hitler and fake your unequivocal love for him and by that grant another day of freedom to yourselves.

      Look at North Korean dictatorship and you will notice massive resemblance with NATO led by USA. Obama is stupid, unintelligent and basically an idiot on two legs and still every leader of vasal states never dares to question his decisions no matter how harmful and devastating are for the world as well as for them.

      Russia or rather Putin is no different, he also for a long time tried to please Obama just to be given permission for a lick or two of Obamas arse and only after he realised that he will never be accepted amongst stinkers he started to act reasonably. However his actions are slow and long lasting only because he realised that he is criminally responsible for hardship he personally brought to Russian people and that there might be a nice and lovely small cell in his perspective.

      He cannot act swiftly and decisively as he tied up his hands by the obvious acts of arse licking of the west leaders amongst them Hollande who just recently called Putin short of terrorist and Putin nearly let France go free of charge for Mistral ship, Putin robbed Russian nation for about 10 billion US$ by forbidding court case against France.

      Now he cannot make swift move as it would expose his criminality, he has to play it slow now regardless how many Syrians will have to pay with their lives his stupid hesitation to step up military response and declare no fly zone over Syria.
    • Hermes
      Russia and Syria should stop being scared of NATO, close their airspace to them and blast any intruder out of the skies without warning so there won't be a next time. Just announce a flight ban for NATO and do it now. Any delay will be seen as a sign of weakness and accelerate the ratio of attacks. No point in waiting. Things can only get worse.
    • Jammy
      Russia is acting stupid again and didn't need reports from the ground to know that foriegn fighter jets were flying in the skys over Syria and they should had shoot them down instead of loooking weak since they know that these external forces are bombing to protect ISIS.

      Russian boots on the ground need sending in without any more excuses because this is a slow burn war and the longer it goes on the more chances of a false flag happening again and Belgium would not had pulled off this stunt if Russia didn't act like a soft touch
    • avatar
      & once Russia has the Proof please deal with those Nations accordingly.Like,Nuke the bastards for employing,training and protecting the most Evil low life scum on Earth.Making the masters of them equally Guilty!
    • choticastile
      Let the dishonest and spineless western countries in the UNSC take this as fair warning from Russia! Well spoken Ms Zakharova!

      Russia should make it abundantly clear, that if another 'coalition' fighter hits a civilian target, they will give the pilot time to eject as they have no other option but to bring down the plane. Such a step may sound drastic, but it will sort it out once and for all-- in my humble opinion.
    • choticastilein reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, They're evil personified...
    • choticastilein reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, I am asking-- Can't Russia and China declare a no fly zone over Syria? Because if they can, they should do so before Robot Klinton makes it to the Cat House..
    • choticastilein reply toJupiter(Show commentHide comment)
      Jupiter, Can still watch it all online....
    • choticastilein reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, No-- Russia made a clever move-- it provided the US a last chance to separate their little so-called 'moderates' -- and allow for a UN humane corridor so that civilians could leave-- Which of course proved to the UNSC that none of the so-called 'moderates' left and instead-- all these lowlife murdering scumbags, attacked the civilians leaving via the supposedly safe corridor.

      Now its over and done with, Russia again having exposed their double standards and the US lying mouths-- just remember the real common sense world out there noted this too!

      I think for Russia its over and they will now dig in and do their job in Aleppo-- because as we all know all the low lives there are hirelings of the US of Anarchy.
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