9 December 201917:33

US media spread misinformation about Russian Aerospace Forces’ operations in Syria

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On November 14, The New York Times published an article, U.N. Query on Syria Hospital Bombings May Be Undermined by Russia Pressure, Limited Scope.

The article focuses on the alleged pressure exerted by Russia on the Board of Enquiry created by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as it says, to investigate attacks on Syrian hospitals in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Allegedly, Russia is suppressing attempts to publish the board’s findings.

This publication is a fake, a politicised and unprofessional "investigation" based on juggled facts and unsubstantiated accusations.

International experts are well aware that the Board of Enquiry was created by the UN Secretary-General on August 1, 2019 not to establish anyone's guilt in specific war crimes. Its purpose is to study the facts associated with isolated incidents in the Idlib de-escalation zone and draft measures to improve the criteria used by various UN agencies in the conflict zone (in particular, Syria and Yemen) to verify and identify civilian infrastructure that underlie the deconfliction. It is known that the deconfliction mechanism is still in the works. It has not been properly fine-tuned and has no legal force. Russia has repeatedly expressed its opinion in this regard during UN Security Council meetings on the situation in Syria and during contacts with the media.

There is simply no such thing as secret Russian pressure or attempts to mislead the experts. There is the clearly defined position of the state supported by proper arguments. So, at a news conference on September 16, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya once again presented a detailed report outlining the deconfliction mechanism’s specific shortcomings.

Most likely, The New York Times editors won’t be interested in "inconvenient" facts, since they will be at odds with the tone set by the political establishment in Washington. The results of these journalistic efforts are logical, and what we have before us is another example of fake news.

Given this, The New York Times is not paying any attention to or does not conduct its own investigations into the almost daily terrorist attacks by groups such as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham or its offshoots and radicals who kill Syrian civilians in Idlib, attack schools, medical institutions, refugee camps and other civilian infrastructure. The civilians in northwestern Syria suffer from the atrocities of the terrorists, whom their foreign sponsors even try to pass off as “moderate opposition” or “local administration.” However, these "local authorities" severely quell civilian protests. For example, residents in the town of Kafr Takharim, who expressed disagreement with the arbitrariness of the self-proclaimed authorities, have been besieged by militants for many days now, and have no connection with the outside world.

In addition, readers will be unable to find The New York Times articles about violations of international humanitarian law and the indiscriminate shelling by the US and its allies of the cities and towns in northeastern Syria during an operation against ISIS, which, as it turns out, has not been defeated after all. The newspaper is also silent about the arbitrary actions of the US-sponsored militants from the Magavir al-Saura group who keep refugees at the IDP camp Rukban. These refugees became hostages inside the 55-km “security zone” around Al-Tanf, which was arbitrarily created by the United States.

We expect The New York Times to publish genuine journalistic investigations, rather than articles sponsored by the Washington masterminds.



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