Syrian war: Russia says U.S. Syria statement shows Washington supports terrorism - Reuters

14:58 Sep. 29, 2016

Russia says U.S. Syria statement shows Washington supports terrorism - Reuters

Russian members of pro-Kremlin parties protest against US involvement in Syria. The banner reads "Hands off Syria", September 2, 2013 (GEttyImages Photo)

Disputes between Kremlin and White House on Syria continue 

Russia is outraged by the threatening tone of the latest U.S. statement on Syria, viewing it as tantamount to supporting terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, according to Russian news agencies.

'We cannot interpret this as anything else apart from the current U.S. administration's de facto support for terrorism,' Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

Read also: Russia's approach is to contribute in violence – Carter on Syria

Ryabkov was referring to a statement made by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby who said on Wednesday that Russia had an interest in stopping the violence in Syria because extremists could exploit the vacuum there and launch attacks "against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities."

'These thinly disguised invitations to use terrorism as a weapon against Russia show the political depths the current U.S. administration has stooped to in its approach to the Middle East and specifically to Syria', Ryabkov claimed. 

Read also: UN head: Putin-Assad deeds – war crimes, worse than slaughterhouse

U.S. officials said on Wednesday that Obama administration officials had begun considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military options, as rising tensions with Moscow diminish hopes for a diplomatic solution.

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