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Russia vows to keep up aid to Syrian government after failed UN bid

© Georges Ourfalian, AFP | Syrian government forces hold their position in the town of Ain al-Hanash on January 26, 2016

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-02-20

Russia on Saturday expressed regret that the United Nations Security Council rejected its bid to halt Turkey's military actions against Syria and vowed to continue supporting government forces against "terrorists."

Western powers on Friday turned down a Russian draft resolution calling for an immediate end to cross-border shellings and plans – supported by Turkey – for foreign ground intervention in Syria.

"We can only express regret that this draft resolution was rejected," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

He said Moscow was "concerned at the growing tension at the Syrian-Turkish border.

"Russia considers such cross-border shelling that Turkey is carrying out as unacceptable."

President Vladimir Putin held a "detailed discussion of the situation in Syria particularly due to the escalation in tensions on the Syrian-Turkish border," on Friday with his security council, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Peskov stressed that Syrian government troops were coming under fire in the area being shelled by Turkey, as well as Kurdish fighters.

The Kremlin spokesman underlined that Russia is set to continue its support for President Bashar al-Assad's ground offensive.

"Russia is continuing a consistent line to provide assistance and help to the armed forces of Syria in their offensive actions against terrorists, against terrorist organisations," Peskov said.

He said that Russia's intervention is aimed at providing "stability in the fight with terrorism, to preserve the terrorial integrity of the country (Syria) and the region."

(AFP)

Date created : 2016-02-20

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