February 26, 2018 / 10:18 AM / 7 months ago

Kremlin says alarmed by situation in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday the situation in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta was highly alarming and militants there were using local civilians as hostages.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

“The terrorists are not laying down their weapons, they are holding the local population as hostages, this is the main cause of a very tense situation,” he told a conference call with reporters.

Peskov also cited a Russian Defence Ministry statement from Sunday, which said Moscow had information about the possible use of chemical substances by militants in eastern Ghouta.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Christian Lowe

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