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    US policy in Syria is clearly in a gridlock, however it seems clear to everyone except the While House and the US State Department. Meanwhile, the Obama administration could have at least tried to find a solution before it vacates the office, but has shown no interest in doing so, according to RIA Novosti observer Ilya Kharlamov.

    As soon as Russia resumed its airstrikes in Syria, it was immediately accused of war crimes, observer Ilya Kharlamov writes in his article for RIA Novosti, commenting on the recent claim of Elizabeth Trudeau, director of the US State Department's Press Office that "the most recent reported attacks were on five hospitals and one mobile clinic in Syria."

    "It is only too evident that the outgoing Obama administration is upset with the current state of affairs and intends to pin yet another series of labels on Moscow before leaving," the author explains, calling the above claim a "marked card prepared in advance."

    Russia immediately slammed Trudeau for spreading lies, calling the accusations baseless.

    "We do not know where Elizabeth Trudeau gets her information on the situation in Syria," Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "Her recounting of rumors about alleged the destruction of five hospitals and a mobile clinic by Russian airstrikes only confirms that all public rhetoric by the US State Department regarding the situation in Syria is based on flagrant lies," he added.

    "No matter how often we urged them to present concrete facts, they provided nothing but empty accusations," Konashenkov said.

    At least 30 militants from the Jabhat Fatah al Sham including a commander who had planned an offensive in Aleppo, were eliminated as a result of airstrikes launched from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.
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    Referring to the above accusations, Kharlamov noted that it presents no difficulty to the US to verify the information they voice.

    "There is an impression that the outgoing American highest ranks which are living their last political months are simply incapable of moving beyond the limits they set themselves. What is it if not inertia, rigidity and a lack of creative thinking," Kharlamov wonders.

    The observer then suggests that the Obama administration meanwhile could have gone out on a positive note trying, among others, to initiate some positive action in the UN or provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

    Meanwhile, the UN is set to cut its financial aid to the country, which remains the only means of survival for some people in Syria.

    All the above however finds no response from the US, he finally stated.      


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