Kremlin rejects allegations Russia behind Ghouta civilian deaths
February 21 2018 05:33 PM
A picture taken on February 20, 2018 shows a Russian-made Syrian army attack helicopter dropping a p
A picture taken on February 20, 2018 shows a Russian-made Syrian army attack helicopter dropping a payload over the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Reuters/Moscow

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Western allegations the Russian Air Force was responsible for civilian deaths in the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus were groundless.

Pro-government forces pounded eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, in a surge of violence that a war monitor said had killed at least 250 people since Sunday night.

Russia has been providing air support for the Syrian army since Moscow intervened to help President Bashar al-Assad side in 2015.

"These are groundless accusations, we don’t know what they are based on,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, when asked about Western assertions that Russia was to blame for some of the deaths in eastern Ghouta.

"They (the allegations) are not backed up with any specific information. We do not agree with them," Peskov told a conference call with reporters.



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