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Remarks by Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

October 14, 2017 – Stephen Lendman

On Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said 92% of Syrian territory was freed from (US-supported) ISIS control.

In the past week alone, Russian airpower conducted 517 sorties, destroying over 1,260 facilities controlled by terrorists.

Its operations along with Syria’s continue smashing US-supported terrorists, defeating Washington’s imperial aims in the country.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained Russian, Syrian and allied forces continue smashing ISIS terrorists in Deir Ezzor.

Much of its Al-Mayadeen stronghold was liberated, including the strategic Al-Rashadeh District and nearby Taybeh Farms, cutting a vital ISIS supply line.

Deescalation zones’ ceasefire violations were “substantially reduced.” Thousands of US-supported al-Nusra terrorists continue “trying to wreck the effort to normalize the situation and establish durable peace in Syria,” Zakharova explained.

Terrorists in southern Syria remain “a source of concern.” They continue receiving foreign support – from America, NATO, Turkey, Israel, and other regional rogue states.

“Syrians are restoring roads and socially important infrastructure facilities in the liberated areas of their country, thereby creating the conditions for peaceful life and the return of refugees and displaced persons,” said Zakharova – important achievements.

Russia is the key source of vitally needed humanitarian aid – virtually nothing from the UN, nothing from America and other Western countries, Iran the only regional one supplying it.

“The Rukban refugee camp located on the Syrian-Jordanian border in the so-called (phony) ‘deconfliction zone’ arbitrarily established by the United States around Tanf is facing humanitarian disaster,” Zakharova explained.

“The Americans are using aviation, rocket and artillery systems to prevent Syrian Government forces from entering this zone.”

“According to the UN, the number of refugees in this camp exceeds 60,000. They are threatened with starvation and have no access to fresh water. The risk of epidemics is growing.”

US forces prevent humanitarian convoys from reaching desperate people in dire need of help. Deplorable Western media report nothing about this, nothing about US aggression, nothing about US-dominated NATO support for terrorism – along with Israel and their rogue regional allies.

Desperate Syrian refugees are being “openly recruited for illegal armed formations,” said Zakharova.

“The situation in Raqqa is…grave.” US terror-bombing destroyed the city, including vital infrastructure and residential areas, massacring thousands of civilians.

Media scoundrels are silent, suppressing information about US-led atrocities, continuing daily.

Zakarova explained US authorities tore down Russian flags from its illegally shuttered, seized and searched diplomatic facilities in America, saying:

“We regard this incident as desecration of the state symbol of Russia. We have already lodged a strong protest with the United States.”

“Of course, Russia did not issue any consent to have the flags removed. It was done by the people who had earlier trespassed on Russian property, broke down the gates and entrance doors, and have since been lording around the (facilities) like invaders.”

Russian personnel aren’t allowed in their own missions. “This is unprecedented in the history of Russia-US relations,” said Zakharova.

“(C)ertain American political forces steeped in Russophobia are acting in concert with the secret services, and consciously destroying relations between our two countries as best they can.”

Moscow is “patient,” but won’t “put up with cowboy manners indefinitely…Russia will decide on its response.”

Bilateral relations with Washington are the worst in memory, the risk of East/West confrontation initiated by America huge, maybe certain ahead.

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