The US-led international coalition continued bombing targets across Syria, Russia's military said, while demanding that Russia stops its own campaign as part of a ceasefire deal.
Aircraft of the international coalition inflicted 12 powerful strikes in five provinces of Syria between Monday and Wednesday, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov noted that Russia has been accused of targeting areas which "never had terrorist groups" amid a tentative preparation for talks, an allegation he called absurd. Konashenkov countered allegations previously voiced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, noting that the US-led coalition has continued its strikes while condemning Russia's.
"This is especially true of targets engaged outside Raqqa, where aviation of the so-called anti-ISIL coalition supposedly does not fly and does not bomb," Konashenkov told reporters.