British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday that the Russian intervention has revived the Assad regime in Syria.
In remarks made during his visit to refugee camps in southern Turkey’s Adana province, Secretary Hammond said: “Russian intervention has given the regime a new full life.”
Hammond added that the focus should be on gathering evidence on Russia’s attacks against civilians in Syria and “exposing” them to the world media.
Hammond also said that the UK was demanding an end to targeting civilians and siege tactics in Syria. “Russians say they support those objectives. But, of course, what they do is something different,” Hammond added.
The Syrian Coalition earlier called on Russia to immediately withdraw its troops from Syria, stressing that Russia “bears political, legal and moral responsibility for the death of Syrian civilians in the ongoing airstrikes on Syria.”
“Russia’s claim of fighting terrorism is a pretext to justify its aggression on Syria, which was clear from day one when its air force committed massacres against civilians. Nearly 94% of the 12,000 sorties the Russian air force has so far flown in Syria targeted civilians and the FSA,” the Syrian Coalition stressed.
The Syrian Coalition said that “cluster bombs, phosphorus, and vacuum bombs were used in the strikes. The Russian aerial campaign has led to the displacement of nearly half a million Syrians in the provinces of Latakia, Homs, Hama and Aleppo. This undoubtedly reveals the true objectives of the Russian aggression.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)