7 Mar 2018 14:14

Moscow says claims Syria using non-selective strikes, chemicals absurd

MOSCOW. March 7 (Interfax) - The accusations that Damascus has employed indiscriminate strikes in Eastern Ghouta and the use of toxic substances are baseless and absurd, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"The criticism coming from some Western countries alleging a non-selective strike by the Syrian army in Eastern Ghouta is again unproven, as usual. The accusations made against Damascus of the use of toxic substances are absurd from a logical point of view. They do not serve the interests of the prompt cessation of the bloodshed and suffering of the civilians who remain in the enclave and only irresponsibly encourage those who are fighting on the side of the terrorists," Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday.

"This gives them false hope that the Syrian government's resolve to put an end once and for all to the terrorist threat coming from the Syrian suburb can be broken," she said.

"That's wrong, it's a mistake, it's the wrong idea," Zakharova said.

"Such a bloody calculation, which distorts the meaning of UN Security Council Resolution 2401, which does not abolish the uncompromising fight against terrorism and all its manifestations, this bloody calculation is really just criminal," she said.