Middle East Files: 'Russia slams West over Syria militants' [Gena Chamas @ PressTV]

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned what it calls Western double standards toward militants operating against the government in Syria.

In a statement carried by the Interfax News Agency, the ministry said it is ironic that the West insists on the observance of human rights and at the same time attempts to "flirt" with some terrorist groups and portray some militants as moderate.

It pointed out that Syrian troops are waging an uncompromising fight against extremists and terrorists.

Russia insisted that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria and that the West must halt its support for the militants operating in the crisis-hit country.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Some sources say more than 130,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.

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