Russia said on Sunday that the West wants to cover tracks of ‘barbaric’ bombings in Raqa by US-led coalition.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov called the urgent intention of the US-led coalition members to allocate financial aid to the Syrian Raqqa suspicious amid repeated refusals to deliver humanitarian aid to the Syrians affected bythe civil war.
“Raqqa has not managed to cool down after bombings of the international coalition and the high-ranking officials from Washington, Paris and Berlin have started making statements about the urgent allocation of tens of millions dollars and euros to Raqa. These millions should allegedly help to restore peaceful life in the city. We welcome such generosity, but we have questions,” Konashenkov said Sunday.
According to the official, over the past two years, Russia has repeatedly asked the United States and European nations to send humanitarian aid to the Syrians affected by war, and has also prepared a list of settlements, where this assistance is needed most of all, without dividing Syrians into “bad” and “good” ones. However, the response was always negative, Konashenkov added.
“[The only explanation of this] is an aspiration to quickly cover up the tracks of the barbaric bombings by the United States and the coalition’s aircraft that have buried thousands of civilians liberated from the Islamic State [ISIL] terrorist group under the ruins of Raqa,” Konashenkov added.
On Friday October 20, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), along with US President Donald Trump announced the defeat of ISIL by alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias. The US president called the victory a “critical breakthrough” and announced that a “transition into a new phase” would be forthcoming.