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De Forenede Stater finder de russisk-tyrkiske aftaler om Syriens Idlib irriterende og lader til at være klar til at bruge ethvert påskud til at forstyrre en politisk løsning i dette land, fortalte det russiske udenrigsministeriums talskvinde, Maria Zakharova, torsdag ved en pressekonference i kølvandet på voksende kontakter mellem amerikanske senior embedsmænd og ledere af den pseudo-humanitære organisation White Helmets, der opererer i Syrien.

"Man har et indtryk af, at selve tanken om, at den russisk-tyrkiske aftale kan implementeres, selve ideen om nedtrapning i Idlib-området irriterer Washington så meget, at den er parat til at bruge ethvert påskud til at opildne anti-russisk hysteri og hindre en politisk løsning i Syrien, "sagde hun. I en situation som denne har White Helmets, som De Forenede Stater har lovet at støtte - økonomisk, organisatorisk og politisk - ingen andre muligheder tilbage end nøje at følge instruktionerne fra deres lånere og vise, at de er værd de politiske forventninger, som deres sponsorer stiller til dem."


Zakharova recalled that the White Helmets' contacts with their Western handlers as a rule entailed tragic events in the region.

"One has an impression that they get direct instructions what subversive actions they should take and receive financial support as well. This is very dangerous," Zakharova said. "It is already clear to one and all who had created them and what for, who continues to support this organization, whose chief aim is to create a false information environment for the purpose of carrying out external intervention in Syria's internal affairs to suit the political interests of the masterminds."

Zakharova recalled that on March 17 the White Helmets' chief was received by US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, although the Department of State earlier introduced restrictions on contacts with foreigners amid the spread of the coronavirus. On March 11, the chief of the White Helmets was allowed to speak in the US Senate. Also, on March 3, US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey and the United States' UN Ambassador Kelly Craft had contacts with members of that organization on the Turkish-Syrian border.

"The aforesaid meetings took place amid an irresponsible anti-Russian media campaign, which Washington had launched over the situation in the Idlib zone of de-escalation, being controlled by the terrorist organization Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, outlawed in Russia," Zakharova said. "Astoundingly, the White Helmets, which position themselves exclusively as a humanitarian organization, have once again become central to Western media manipulations, aimed at discrediting the real state of affairs in Idlib. The main purpose is to discredit the anti-terrorist efforts of the Syrian government and blame the humanitarian situation in the northwest of the country on Damascus and its allies."