04:40 GMT07 August 2020
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    Moscow expressed hope that the recent attack by the US-led coalition on the Syrian armed forces hadn't been ordered by Washington.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed hope Sunday that recent attacks of the US-led coalition against the Syrian army, which led to loss of lives among Syrian forces' ranks, had not been ordered by Washington.

    "The actions of the coalition's pilots, if, as we hope, had not been taken upon the order from Washington, are on the brink of criminal negligence and direct connivance with IS [Daesh] terrorists," the ministry said in a statement.

    The attacks by the coalition planes near the Deir ez-Zor airport were first reported by the Syrian army on Saturday. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the attacks saying they killed 62 servicemen and injured 100 more.

    Washington later admitted the attacks saying Syrian troops were mistaken for Daesh militants.

    Russia then called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Russia is deeply concerned by the airstrikes carried out by US jets on Syrian army positions and regrets Washington’s unconstructive stance at the UN Security Council meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

    "We urge our US partners to conduct…a thorough investigation and take measures to avoid any future incidents of the kind. In this regard, we regret that the United States took an unconstructive and inarticulate stance at the urgent UNSC meeting called by Russia," the ministry said in a statement.

    "US representatives not only failed to adequately explain their actions but tried, as usual, to turn everything on its head," it continued.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry again urged Washington to use its influence on the so-called moderate opposition forces on the ground and pressure them into carrying out their obligations under the terms of the truce that was brokered by Moscow and Washington in Geneva last week.

    "Otherwise, the implementation of the entire complex of US-Russian arrangements, agreed in Geneva on September 9, will be in danger, which is contrary to the interests of the international community," the Ministry warned in a statement.


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