The U.S. state Department spokesman John Kirby said the statement of Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Syria’s Aleppo and Iraq’s Mosul. He called “offensive” comparison operations in these cities, reported on the website of the Ministry.
“I saw the comment of the foreign Minister of Russia; in fact, I think Sergei Lavrov talked about the fact that these situations are the same, but they are not the same. To compare them with each other absolutely insulting,” said John Kirby.
He was confident that operations in Aleppo and Mosul “radically different”. According to him, in Aleppo the Syrian regime, supported by its “largest supporter of Russia” besieged the city, while fighting in Mosul, a coalition of 66 of the allies, who “operate in accordance with international law” and carefully plan their offensive to recapture the city from terrorists “Islamic state” (DAISH, the organization banned in Russia). According to him, the ordinary people of Mosul don’t feel in danger in connection with the anti-terrorist operation, in contrast to Aleppo.
However, Kirby said that the US still considered one of their goals the fight against the terrorist group “jabhat al Fatah ash-sham” (banned in Russia), previously called themselves “dzhebhat an-Nusra”, which is based in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo. However, he stressed that in the pursuit of these terrorists, “there is no excuse for bombing innocent civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure”. Kirby stressed that in Aleppo there are representatives of the Syrian opposition who oppose the regime of Bashar al-Assad, but the Syrian and Russian military destroyed along with the terrorists.
“The differences (in operations in Mosul and Aleppo. – Approx. NEWSru.com) is huge. And any suggestion of Russian authorities that it is the same thing, is ridiculous,” concluded Kirby, adding that “the Secretary of state (John Kerry) thinks the same way.”
Earlier, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the operation in Aleppo, likewise as in Mosul, inevitably “creates problems for the civilian population” in these cities, reports “Interfax”. In addition, he
saidthat Washington and London in their hysterics reach of slander in connection with the situation in Syria, calling Russia’s actions “barbaric” and “war crimes”.
On 28 October, the Russian foreign Minister after talks with the foreign Ministers of Iran and Syria
saidthat in Aleppo “the terrorists need to finish”, and the opposition had enough time to dissociate. “If our Western partners only in words, engaged in anti-terrorist struggles, we still are determined to bring the matter to an end in practice,” – said the diplomat. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin
considered inappropriate resumption of Russian air strikes videoconferencing in Aleppo.