LIVE: Sergei Lavrov holds joint press conference with Thorbjorn Jagland
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a joint press conference with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, following their meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, December 6.
Lavrov on the bombing of the Russian hospital and Aleppo crisis at [15:00]
“Since the start of the operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces, representatives of the United States, Great Britain and France have been telling us about tribulations of under-controlled ‘moderate opposition’.
This applies particularly to reporting on the situation in Aleppo. According to the western officials, the number of terrorists among insurgents active in the city has been decreasing but the number of so-called opposition has been increasing each and every week.
The opposition, as they say, urgently requires humanitarian aid.
Here come the facts.
Today, from 12:21 a.m. to 12.30 a.m., mobile hospital of the Russian Defence Ministry has suffered artillery shelling by insurgents.
Direct hit of the mortar shell against the admission department of the hospital caused death of the Russian military female medic. Two medical workers have been heavily wounded. Civilians, who had arrived at the hospital, have been wounded as well.
Now, all al-Nusra terrorists, as the western counterparts say, have been encircled by the Syrian army in the southern area of the Eastern Aleppo.
They are unable to carry out such precision strikes.
There is no doubt that the attack was conducted by insurgents of the ‘opposition’. We consider from whom the terrorists have received the information and coordinates of the admission department of the Russian hospital at the start of its operation.
Therefore, the direct perpetrators are not the only who is responsible for the killing and injuring of our medical workers, who had been providing assistance to the children of Aleppo. Namely, insurgents of the ‘opposition’.
The blood of our soldiers is on the hands of the hirer of the murder.
These people, who created, supported and armed these beasts in human form, called them ‘opposition’ to justify themselves towards their own conscience and voters.
Yes, the blood of our soldiers is on your, ladies and gentlemen, the patrons of terrorists from the United States, Britain, France and other countries and sympathizers formations, hands.”
Thank you for your time,