Disinfo: Neither Turkey, nor the US has any interest in building peace in Syria

Summary

About the war. Can you tell me which is the only country interested in (peace), I do not mean the regional players, building peace in Syria? Maybe Turkey? Of course not. The United States? Of course not. Russia. Only the Russian Federation is interested in peace.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war. In fact, Russia saved a leader, not a nation. There is ample evidence that the Syrian leadership (supported by Russia) is responsible for numerous massacres, bombings and chemical attacks on civilians in Syria. Russian airstrikes on hospitals, water treatment plants and mosques [causing hundreds of civilian deaths] have also been documented. Both militaries have denied the allegation. Amnesty International has also gathered evidence, including photos and video footage, suggesting the Russians have used unguided bombs in densely populated civilian areas, as well as internationally banned deadly cluster munitions. See similar cases here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: Middle East, Syrian War
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Disproof

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