Countries Supporting Terrorism Responsible for Situation in E Ghouta – Kremlin

Countries Supporting Terrorism Responsible for Situation in E Ghouta – Kremlin
REUTERS/ Bassam KhabiehMiddle East12:33 22.02.2018(updated 12:55 22.02.2018) Get short URL520

The UN said on February 21 that it had received reports that more than 100 people had been killed in shelling in Eastern Ghouta for three days.

“Those responsible for the situation in East Ghouta are those who support the terrorists, those that are still there. As you know, neither Russia, nor Syria, nor Iran belong to the category of such states, for it is they who on the ground are engaged in an irreconcilable struggle against the terrorists in Syria,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov told reporters, commenting on statements about Russia’s and Iran’s alleged responsibility for the situation in East Ghouta.

Speaking about joining the UN resolution on the introduction of a ceasefire in Syria, proposed by Sweden, Peskov re-addressed the question to the Foreign Ministry.

“Now I cannot answer this question, they are engaged in the line of our diplomatic department, our mission in New York, it is better to address this issue to the Foreign Ministry,” he said, adding that the situation in the region remains wanting.

Earlier, the delegations of Sweden and Kuwait shared with the Security Council a draft resolution on the introduction of a 30-day ceasefire in Syria for the delivery of humanitarian aid and medical evacuation. The voting on the draft is expected to take place on Thursday.

“You know that the work as a whole is rather tense. The situation really remains wanting, mildly speaking. Therefore, this issue is now very concentrated,” Peskov stated.

The Permanent Mission of Sweden informed that on Wednesday evening the draft resolution was closed for making amendments and was ready for the vote.

At the same time, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated on February 21 that Russia was working within the UN Security Council to prepare a separate resolution on humanitarian issues in Eastern Ghouta.

The territory of Eastern Ghouta is one of four Syrian de-escalation zones created during the Astana talks on Syrian reconciliation. Russia, Iran and Turkey serve as guarantors of the de-escalation agreements, which apply all sides except militants linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist group (banned in Russia).    

Accusation Against Russia

The Kremlin’s comment follows the statement of US Department of States spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who blamed Damascus airforces for allegedly conducteding airstrikes in Eastern Ghoutta, targeting hospitals, claiming lives of 100 civilians for the last 48 hours.

READ MORE: Kremlin: US Accusations Against Russia on Eastern Ghouta Groundless

The US Department of State has also urged Russia to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in respect of the “escalation of violence in the Eastern Ghouta.”

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