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Moscow calls on US to be responsible in choosing targets for air strikes

February 20, 20:48 UTC+3
There have been numerous reports about innocent civilians killed in NATO air strikes, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson says
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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Moscow calls on the United States and other NATO countries to show responsibility in choosing targets for their air strikes to avoid casualties among civilians, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a comment posted on the ministry’s website on Saturday.

"We call on the United States and other NATO countries to be responsible and discriminate in choosing targets, like the Russian aerospace forces are doing in Syria. There have been numerous reports about innocent civilians killed in NATO air strikes. The United States and its allies obviously must be guided by international law in conducting such operation. They should not act unilaterally but instead they must coordinate their steps with all members of the international community concerned," the document says.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the officers of the Serbian embassy in Libya, Jovica Stepic and Sladjana Stankovic, who were killed as a result of the US’s air strike at a facility where they were kept as Islamic State hostages. These people were abducted on November 28, 2015. Belgrade was aware of their whereabouts and was in talks on their release," the Russian foreign ministry said.

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