Putin: Moscow Will Never Accept West’s Position on Shelling of Aleppo Hospital

Moscow will never accept West’s position on death of Russian medics in Syria

“It is absolutely unacceptable and inadmissible,” Putin stressed.

MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia will never accept the position of Western structures on the death of Russian medics in Syria.

“I mean big international structures which have put an equal sigh between our medics who have been killed and those who hit their hospital, and did it deliberately as they knew where the medical establishment is located,” Putin said at a meeting of the council for the development of civil society and human rights.

“It is absolutely unacceptable and inadmissible,” he stressed. “We will never accept it.”

The president thanked the Russian Red Cross Society which has resolutely condemned the killing of Russian medics in Syria. “It is absolutely obvious: our medics came there to address absolutely humanitarian tasks, they arrived there not to take part in combat operations but to help people, the local civilian population,” he said.

“I have seen no condemnation of what has happened from any of the big international organizations,” Putin stressed. “Regrettably, it sets us thinking about how unbiased some of our partners are in highlighting the situation.”

Lavrov: US voiced regret over shelling of hospital in Aleppo but somewhat hazily

HAMBURG, December 8. /TASS/. U.S. expressed regret over the shelling of the Russian airborne hospital in Aleppo but did it somewhat hazily, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

“They did express regret and this was before my meeting with John Kerry,” he said. “In a manner that wasn’t very explicit, a spokesman for the Department of State did express the regrets, saying however Washington needed to clear out the details of the incident. He said the U.S. condemned any acts of terrorism.”

“Still, if an incident occurs where the Syrian authorities can be implicated, the Americans do waste time for clearing things out,” Lavrov said. “They immediately switch on the mikes and demand to punish, condemn or crucify.”

On December 5, the tent camp of an airmobile hospital of the Russian Defense Ministry deployed in Aleppo underwent artillery shelling from the militants-held positions when the physicians were seeing and giving medical aid to local residents.

As a result of the shelling, two Russian doctors, Nadezhda Durachenko and Galina Mikhailova died and the chief pediatrician of the Defense Ministry’s medical service, Vadim Arsentyev, was severely wounded.