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Monday, March 19, 2018

Lavrov explained why the Syrian air force could not bomb the humanitarian convoy of the UN

The Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov after Russian military commented on the attack on the humanitarian convoy of the UN in the area of Aleppo. According to him, Syrian aircraft could strike at the convoy, because not adapted for departures in the dark.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is on the session of the UN General Assembly in new York, said that the Syrian air force could not bomb the humanitarian convoy near Aleppo, since the attack occurred in the dark.

“The Syrian air force at this time do not fly, they have no such opportunities, and the attack occurred at a time when humanitarian aid was unloaded already in Eastern Aleppo,” Lavrov told the TV channel “Russia-1”. The Russian Minister also reminded that “our military has already made the statement that our air was not working”.

However, the United States continues to insist on the Russian involvement in the attack on a convoy of humanitarian assistance to the joint UN and the Syrian branch of the red Crescent society. It happened on the 19th of September near Urum al-Kubra to the North-West of the city of Aleppo. The shelling killed one volunteer and 20 civilians, of the 31 truck 18 convoy was destroyed.

So, two sources of Reuters in the US government, citing us intelligence, reported that two Russian su-24 bomber allegedly were in the air in that area at that time, when the convoy was hit.

At the same time, Washington directly blamed Moscow in fire trucks. As stated by Advisor to the President for national security Ben Rhodes, the administration acknowledges Russia responsible for what happened a “huge humanitarian tragedy”. “In any case, we believe the Russian government is responsible for an airstrike in this space, given their commitment to the ceasefire regime”, — he said.

Earlier, the Ministry of defense of Russia rejected the involvement of both Russian and Syrian aircraft to attack convoys near Aleppo. The Russian defense Ministry said that the fire occurred directly on the ground.

In addition, Moscow has questioned the reliability of the source of the message, the organization of the “White hats”, indicating that it is associated with a banned terrorist group “Dzhebhat-EN-Nusra”.

Read more: defense Ministry responded to the accusations of the USA in shelling of convoy in Syria

Later, the defense Ministry analyzed shot by Russian drones surveillance footage for a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations. The record shows that the convoy was accompanied by the car of the terrorists with mortar of large caliber.

“It is not clear, however, is someone who “covers”: mortar — a convoy of volunteers, “White helmets”, or Vice versa,” – said the official representative of Department major General Igor Konashenkov. He also wonders who could shoot the mortar at the time of unloading machines.


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