Rus­sia’s Syria threat to the US

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Rus­sia has warned the US against car­ry­ing out any at­tacks on Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces, say­ing it would have reper­cus­sions across the Mid­dle East, as gov­ern­ment forces cap­tured a hill on the edge of the north­ern city of Aleppo un­der the cover of airstrikes.

Rus­sian news agen­cies quoted For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Maria Zakharova as say­ing that a US in­ter­ven­tion against the Syr­ian army “will lead to ter­ri­ble, tec­tonic con­se­quences not only on the ter­ri­tory of this coun­try but also in the re­gion

At­tacks on Syr­ian army ‘will lead to tec­tonic con­se­quences for re­gion’ – Rus­sia’s Maria Zakharova

on the whole”.

She said regime change in Syria would cre­ate a vac­uum that would be “quickly filled” by “ter­ror­ists of all stripes”.

US-Rus­sian ten­sions over Syria have es­ca­lated since the break­down of a cease­fire last month, with each side blam­ing the other for its fail­ure. Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces backed by Rus­sian war­planes have launched a ma­jor on­slaught on rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

Syr­ian troops pushed ahead in their of­fen­sive in Aleppo yes­ter­day, cap­tur­ing the strate­gic Um Al Shuqeef hill near the Pales­tinian refugee camp of Han­darat that gov­ern­ment forces cap­tured from rebels ear­lier this week, ac­cord­ing to state TV. The hill is on the north­ern edge of the Aleppo.

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