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Russia conducting “asymmetric warfare” in Syria – Hammond

Philip Hammond

Russia is engaged in “classic asymmetric warfare” in Syria by propping up President Bashar al-Assad while saying it is attacking Islamic State militants, Britain’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

“It looks like a classic bit of Russian asymmetric warfare – you have a strong propaganda message that says you’re doing one thing while in fact you are doing something completely different and when challenged you just flatly deny it,” Philip Hammond told Reuters in an interview.

He said Britain had held discussions with Russia but only got the same response – that it was attacking Islamic State militants in Syria.

“We just need a Russia that accepts there are rules in the system, and you can’t throw your toys out of the pram and resort to military force every time you don’t get your way,” he said.

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