Moscow: Claims Russian strikes in Syria spur migrant exodus are ‘nonsense’

Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces to strike the Islamic State infrastructure facilities in Syria.

Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces to strike the Islamic State infrastructure facilities in Syria.

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Moscow refutes claims that the Russian operation boosts the refugee influx

Moscow refutes claims that the Russian Aerospace Forces' operation in Syria boosts the refugee influx in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov has said.

"This is total nonsense," he told Interfax in an interview, commenting on the claims that Russian air strikes in Syria were allegedly catalyzing migration of refugees to Europe.

"We have never been shown any evidence, any photo of refugee flows triggered by operations of our Aerospace Forces," the deputy minister said.

"This is an attempt to shift the blame. Quite the opposite, operations of our Aerospace Forces and the Syrian army create conditions for the return of many temporarily displaced persons home, to the territory of Syria," Meshkov said.

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