Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart in Moscow, on March 16, 2016. ©AFP

(TASS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has insisted that in carrying out strikes in Syria Russia has been taking utmost precautions to prevent or at least minimize harm to the civilian population.

“I believe that in principle it is immoral and counter-productive to try to use this or that humanitarian tragedy for scoring geopolitical points,” Lavrov said. “We’ve been able to see this happen in relation to processes afoot in the Middle East and in North Africa, in Syria or Iraq. Double standards are quite obvious here.”

“As for the so-called ‘collateral damage’ – a term the United States invented to excuse civilian casualties that occur in the process of military campaigns, we have invariably stated, and our Defense Ministry did so, too, that in carrying out strikes the necessary precautions are always taken to minimize (ideally to prevent) harm to civilian facilities, let alone civilian population,” Lavrov said.

“When we hear charges addressed to us to the effect this or that civilian facility has been attacked by the Russian aerospace group, we always insist on seeing the facts,” he said. “In many cases, when this or that country or non-governmental organization claimed that our strikes destroyed this or that facility, school or a childcare center, the Defense Ministry repeatedly presented documentary evidence showing the charges had nothing to do with the reality.

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“There have already been many cases when some or other states or NGOs claimed that a particular facility, a school or a kindergarten was allegedly destroyed because of our strikes. The Defense Ministry has numerously presented documented evidence that this has nothing to do with reality,” Lavrov said.

“Of course, we will be prepared to investigate any concrete facts, but nobody has been able to present such concrete facts to this day,” he said.

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Daeshbags Sux
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2016-11-10 21:06

http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160828/ry7d8iq4.jpg An interesting point : precision guided munitions weren’t made to avoid collateral damages but as it could take many raids with full squadrons to take out a bridge, a bunker, etc… Now, any army can be charged of doing collateral damages, especially while fighting terrorists because if your army uses weapons to protect the civilians of its country, terrorists use civilians to protect their weapons… http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mveHL3n_4ME/SYpgILYxP9I/AAAAAAAABZE/NSISBM9SYCs/s400/humanshield2.jpg Thus, anytime human shields are used, you can be sure that the pro-terrorists propaganda will use it, in other terms, even if it seems cold hearted, is to deliberately strike where human shields… Read more »

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2016-11-10 21:01

Lol they aren’t even able to recognize their errors.
Ask to the children of al Haas’s school what they are thinking of russian utmost precautions!

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2016-11-10 21:32
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You mean the recent so-called bombings near Idlib where strangely, a wall was blowed and the school desks didn’t moved 1 centimeter? When anyone who knows about horror-movies make-up recognises it on the so-called wounded children? When a supposed victim is seen on video moved into the ambulance but two times from two different places and I won’t tell about the dozens of other “details” proving it was totally staged! It was also said that parachute bombs were used but -and you don’t know if the real place was hit-, their video clearly shows the fire-plume behind a rocket or… Read more »

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2016-11-11 01:32
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l***o, you must’ve forgotten the crimes of the Saudis, not to mention your loving friends in Daessh, and JFSh and co.