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Russian Foreign Minister: U.S. Apologizes to Syria for Airstrikes against Army

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Moscow, September 24 (RHC-Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that the United States had apologized to Syrian President Bashar Assad for the airstrikes against Syrian government troops.

"Yes, they have apologized," Lavrov said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 television channel.

Commenting on restoring truce in the war-battered country, Lavrov said it is only possible on a collective basis, which need the "sincere" cooperation from Washington to separate the so-called moderate opposition from terrorist groups.

On Sept. 17, the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killed over 60 Syrian government troops and injured some 100 others in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, incurring a strong response from Moscow, which accused Washington of violating the cease-fire accord in Syria.

On Sept. 10, Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced a nationwide cease-fire in Syria, which demands all warring sides stop attacks and airstrikes, and allow access to besieged areas, including Aleppo.

However, crossfire had resumed in the first hours after the truce deal expired on Monday.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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