Category: Conflict in Syria

Russian bases in Syria to be equipped with upgraded control systems — official

Russian bases in Syria to be equipped with upgraded control systems — official

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow region/, September 19. /TASS/. Russian Defense Ministry is making steps to upgrade security on Russian military bases in Syria and installation of automated control instruments is one of the technical solutions it is currently working at, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Wednesday. “President Vladimir Putin issued instructions earlier [before Monday’s incident involving the Russian reconnaissance aircraft Ilyushin-20 – TASS] to step up the protection of our bases in Hmeymim and Tartus,” he said. “For instance, Kalashnikov corporation has come up with the technical solutions in the form of automated control instruments that will be installed there to build up…

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Kremlin says Putin, Merkel discuss Syrian settlement

Kremlin says Putin, Merkel discuss Syrian settlement

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Russian President Valdimir Putin held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussing among other issues the settlement of the ongoing Syrian conflict, the Kremlin press service announced on Wednesday. “The issue of the Syrian issue settlement was discussed,” the press service said in a statement. “The Russian president informed [German Chancellor Merkel] about the Russian-Turkish agreements on the stabilization efforts in the de-escalation zone in Idlib reached during talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on September 17 in Sochi.” September 17 talks between Putin and Erdogan, in Russia’s Sochi resulted in an agreement to establish a…

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Moscow Patriarch urges Syrian Moslems, Christians to fight with terrorism together

Moscow Patriarch urges Syrian Moslems, Christians to fight with terrorism together

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Followers of various religions in Syria should act together against extremism and terrorism, which contravene the ideas and postulations of any religion, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill I said on Tuesday as he met with the Supreme Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun. “Quite frequently, terrorists resort to the believably religious arguments for justifying their unlawful actions and this distorts the fundamental principles of the Islamic religion,” KIirill I said. “That’s why all the sound forces representing Islam should stand up to oppose them and, naturally, Christians should take part in this [fight] as well, since…

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Syria welcomes results of Tehran summit, Sochi talks — UN envoy

Syria welcomes results of Tehran summit, Sochi talks — UN envoy

UN, September 18. /TASS/. The Syrian government appreciates the Russian and Iranian leadership’s efforts at the summit in Tehran and welcomes the agreement on Idlib, reached at the recent Russian-Turkish talks in Sochi, Syria’s UN envoy said on Tuesday. “Syria appreciates the efforts, made by the Russian and Iranian presidents during their recent summit in Tehran,” Bashar Ja’afari told a UN Security Council session devoted to situation in the Middle East. “The Syrian government welcomes the agreement on the Idlib province, announced yesterday in Sochi. We stress that this agreement is a result of intense consultations between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation…

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White Helmets keep conjuring up chemical weapons provocation in Idlib — diplomat

White Helmets keep conjuring up chemical weapons provocation in Idlib — diplomat

Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya © Valery Sharifulin/TASS UNITED NATIONS, September 18. /TASS/. Militants entrenched in Syria and activists of the White Helmets grouping continue conjuring up a provocation in the Idlib zone of de-escalation, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council that discussed the situation in Syria. “Militants and activists of the White Helmets continue fabricating the sham scenes that will feature the alleged use of chemical weapons inside the Idlib zone of de-escalation,” he said. “The filming of these fakes has already taken place in some Syrian districts,” Nebenzya said.…

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Russia to take all measures to ensure safety of its servicemen in Syria — senior diplomat

Russia to take all measures to ensure safety of its servicemen in Syria — senior diplomat

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia will take all necessary measures to ensure security of its servicemen in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said on Tuesday at a meeting with the charge d’affaires at the Israeli embassy in Moscow, Keren Cohen Gat. “Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vershinin stressed that Moscow considers the Israeli air forces’ actions as irresponsible and unfriendly when they put the Russian Il-20 plane in line of fire of Syria air defense systems. As a result, 15 Russian servicemen were killed,” the Russian foreign ministry said after the meeting. “It was noted that the Russian side will take all necessary measures…

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White Helmets keep conjuring up chemical weapons provocation in Idlib

White Helmets keep conjuring up chemical weapons provocation in Idlib

Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya © Valery Sharifulin/TASS UNITED NATIONS, September 18. /TASS/. Militants entrenched in Syria and activists of the White Helmets grouping continue conjuring up a provocation in the Idlib zone of de-escalation, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council that discussed the situation in Syria. “Militants and activists of the White Helmets continue fabricating the sham scenes that will feature the alleged use of chemical weapons inside the Idlib zone of de-escalation,” he said. “The filming of these fakes has already taken place in some Syrian districts,” Nebenzya said.…

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France offers assistance in search operation after incident with Russian plane in Syria

France offers assistance in search operation after incident with Russian plane in Syria

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly has offered assistance in a search operation after the crash of Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 plane in the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday after her telephone conversation with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu. The conversation was initiated by the French side. “The French defense minister extended her condolences to the Russian side over the tragedy and offered assistance in the search operation,” the ministry said. The Russian defense minister informed his French counterpart about the circumstances of the incident that claimed the lives of 15 Russian servicemen. “Sergei Shoigu thanked Mrs Florence Parly…

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White Helmets continue conjuring up provocations with chemical weapons in Idlib — diplomat

White Helmets continue conjuring up provocations with chemical weapons in Idlib — diplomat

UNITED NATIONS, September 18. /TASS/. Militants entrenches in Syria and activists of the White Helmets grouping continue conjuring up a provocation in the Idlib zone of de-escalation, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council that discussed the situation in Syria. “Militants and activists of the White Helmets continue preparing sham scenes that will feature the alleged use of chemical weapons inside the Idlib zone of de-escalation,” he said. In other media

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Putin stresses Israeli air forces’ operations violate Syria’s sovereignty

Putin stresses Israeli air forces’ operations violate Syria’s sovereignty

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. The Israeli air forces’ operations in Syria are conducted in violation of that country’s sovereignty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday during a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following Monday’s incident with a Russian plane that was downed in Syria, killing 15 servicemen. “Putin pointed to the fact that such operation of the Israeli air forces are conducted in violation of Syria’s sovereignty. In this case, the Russian-Israeli agreements on incident prevention were not observed either. As a result, the Russian plane came under fire from Syrian air defense systems,” the Kremlin press service said. According to the…

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UN secretary general hails Russian-Turkish agreement on Syria’s Idlib

UN secretary general hails Russian-Turkish agreement on Syria’s Idlib

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. /TASS/. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres hails the agreement reached by Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the situation in Syria’s Idlib as its will help improve the humanitarian situation in the region, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached on 17 September between President Erdogan of Turkey and President Putin of Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib region, which should avert a full-scale military operation and provide reprieve for millions of civilians,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General calls…

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Israeli PM voices regret to Putin over Russian military’s death in air incident

Israeli PM voices regret to Putin over Russian military’s death in air incident

TEL AVIV, September 18. /TASS/. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone on Tuesday, voiced regret over the death of Russian military during the crash of the Ilyushin-20 reconnaissance plane of the Russian Aerospace Force late night on Monday. “Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke on the phone to President Putin some time ago,” a source at the Office of the Prime Minister said. “He voiced regret over the death of Russian soldiers and said Syria was bearing responsibility for the crash of the aircraft.” In other media

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UN welcomes Russian-Turkish agreements on Syria’s Idlib — envoy

UN welcomes Russian-Turkish agreements on Syria’s Idlib — envoy

© Mikhail Pochuev/TASS UNITED NATIONS, September 18. /TASS/. The United Nations welcomes the agreements reached by Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the situation in Syria’s Idlib, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday. “We welcome the fact that diplomacy has produced progress in the effort to address the challenges posed by UN Security Council-listed terrorist groups while protecting civilians,” he said. “I thank Presidents Putin and Erdogan for their personal engagement.” The United Nations has warned against any actions that might deteriorate the situation in Syria following yesterday’s incident with a Russian plane…

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Ankara, Moscow to continue coordinating activities in Idlib

Ankara, Moscow to continue coordinating activities in Idlib

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Ankara and Moscow will continue to coordinate their activities in Syria’s Idlib in accordance with the Sochi agreement, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said. “This agreement is an important achievement for the people of the region, all the involved countries – first and foremost, for Russia – and for Turkey as well, because it allows the country to avoid taking up a new burden [concerning the Syrian crisis and the reception of Syrian refugees – TASS],” the minister said, as cited by the NTV broadcaster. Hulusi Akar added that “now, just like before, the Turkish military in Idlib will coordinate their…

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Syrian opposition hails Russian-Turkish agreements on Idlib

Syrian opposition hails Russian-Turkish agreements on Idlib

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Syria’s opposition Negotiation Commission (SNC) has hailed the agreements on Idlib reached by the Russian and Turkish presidents as they pave the way for a transition period in Syria. In a statement posted on the Twitter account, SNC President Nasr Hariri stressed that the implementation of the agreement on the establishment of a demilitarized zone in Syria’s northwestern governorate will be the first step towards a comprehensive political settlement. Earlier in the day, the Syrian government voiced support to the Russia-Turkish initiative. In a statement released by SANA News Agency, Damascus “has always welcomed any initiative that stops bloodshed and contributes…

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New security system to be established in Idlib — Russian defense chief

New security system to be established in Idlib — Russian defense chief

Idlib, Syria © EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Work on a new security system in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone began on Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a ministry board meeting. “Our Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Mr. Erdogan held talks yesterday as part of efforts to resolve the situation in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone. The talks also involved defense ministers, foreign ministers and general staff chiefs,” he said. “Following long negotiations, the parties agreed on a decision, which makes it possible for us to say that the construction of a new security system in the Idlib de-escalation zone begins…

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Defense chief vows response to Israel’s actions that caused fatal crash of Il-20 aircraft

Defense chief vows response to Israel’s actions that caused fatal crash of Il-20 aircraft

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia will respond to actions on behalf of the Israeli Air Force that led to a fatal crash of Russia’s Il-20 aircraft on Monday late night in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. “We have informed today our Israeli colleagues, and I have also informed personally the Israeli Defense Minister [Avigdor Lieberman], that such actions will not be left unanswered by us,” Shoigu said. The Russian Il-20 that was shot down by Syrian air defense systems had been conducting reconnaissance activity in the Idlib de-escalation zone before the crash, he said.  “Our reconnaissance airplane Il-20 with 15 crew…

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Syria welcomes decision of Russia and Turkey on Idlib

Syria welcomes decision of Russia and Turkey on Idlib

Syria, Idlib © SANA/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Syria welcomes the agreement between Russia and Turkey on the situation in Syria’s Idlib Governorate, which became the result of intensive consultations between Moscow and Damascus, the SANA agency reported on Tuesday, citing a source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates. “Syria welcomes the agreement on the situation in the Idlib Governorate that was declared yesterday in the Russian city of Sochi and stresses that this agreement became the result of intensive consultations and full coordination between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation,” the agency quoted the source as saying. It…

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At least two people killed, 10 injured in missile attack on Syria’s Latakia

At least two people killed, 10 injured in missile attack on Syria’s Latakia

Syrian government troops in Latakia © SANA via AP MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. At least two people have been killed and 10 more have been injured in a missile attack on munitions depots in the Syrian city of Latakia, Agence France-Presse reported on Tuesday, citing the non-governmental organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is located in London. “Two bodies were found. At least 10 people were injured, seven of them being Syrian servicemen,” the agency quoted the head of the organization, Rami Abdul Rahman, as saying. The nationality of the deceased was not specified. According to earlier reports, Syrian missile defenses repelled a missile attack…

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Iran welcomes agreement between Russia and Turkey on Syria’s Idlib

Iran welcomes agreement between Russia and Turkey on Syria’s Idlib

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Tehran welcomes the agreement between Russia and Turkey on the situation in Syria’s Idlib Governorate that was signed in Sochi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday. “The agreement declared after a meeting between the Russian and Turkish leaders in Sochi became an important step towards solution to the issue of terrorist groups remaining in Syria,” reads the statement published on the website of the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Qassemi added that “this measure helps solve the Syrian issue with regard to all humanitarian aspects and is bringing us closer to establishing peace in the country.” He highlighted…

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Residents of Damascus suburb Daria are returning to their homes – authorities

Residents of Damascus suburb Daria are returning to their homes – authorities

DAMASCUS, September 18. /TASS/. Residents of Daria, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, which was liberated from the militants two years ago, are returning to their homes. “As representatives of the authorities, members of the administration, we are meeting the residents who decided to return,” Muhammad Abu Ziyad a representative of the local administration told reporters. “Just in a day 22,000 people arrived. Before the war, 365,000 people lived in the settlement,” he said. In Daria, demining has been completed, roads, social facilities have been rebuilt, and electricity and water are being repaired. The new school year began in five local schools which…

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Russia’s military aircraft disappears over Mediterranean Sea

Russia’s military aircraft disappears over Mediterranean Sea

© Kirill Naumenko/CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, archive MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea, an official with Russia’s Defense Ministry told reporters on Tuesday. The plane went off the radar while F-16 fighters of the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Syrian province of Latakia, the fate of the Russian military is unknown, the official said. “On September 17, at about 11:00 pm Moscow time, the connection with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost over the Mediterranean Sea when the plane was returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, 35…

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Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea – Defense Ministry

Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea – Defense Ministry

© AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea, an official with Russia’s Defense Ministry told reporters on Tuesday. The plane went off the radar while F-16 fighters of the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Syrian province of Latakia, the fate of the Russian military is unknown, the official said. “On September 17, at about 11:00 Moscow time, the connection with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost over the Mediterranean Sea when the plane was returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, 35 kilometers from the coast of Syria,”…

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Russia, Turkey to boost efforts to free Syria’s Idlib — Erdogan

Russia, Turkey to boost efforts to free Syria’s Idlib — Erdogan

SOCHI, September 17. /TASS/. Moscow and Ankara have agreed to pool efforts to free the demilitarized that is to be established in Syria’s Idlib governorate from all radical groups, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi. “The idlib problem should be resolved in the spirit of the Astana processes. The territory that is controlled by the Syrian army and opposition is to be demilitarized,” he said. “Jointly with Russia, we will spare no effort to free these territories from all radical groups.” “In order to prevent provocations from third…

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Russian defense minister rules out new military operation in Syria’s Idlib

Russian defense minister rules out new military operation in Syria’s Idlib

SOCHI, September 17. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told journalists on Monday that a new military operation in the Syrian province of Idlib was not on the agenda. The defense ministries of Russia and Turkey signed a memorandum on Monday on the stabilization of the situation in the zone of de-escalation in Syria’s Idlib. The document was signed following bilateral talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held on Monday in the Russian southern resort city of Sochi. Asked by a journalist whether it was true that no more military operations were planned to be held in Idlib,…

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Russia, Turkey agree to establish demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib — Putin

Russia, Turkey agree to establish demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib — Putin

SOCHI, September 17. /TASS/. Russia and Turkey have agreed to set up a 15-20km demilitarized zone along the contact line between Syrian government troops and the armed opposition by October 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday after talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “At the meeting, we discussed in detail this situation (in the Idlib governorate) and decided to establish a 15-20km-wide demilitarized zone along the contact line between government troops and the armed opposition by October 15, 2018 and evacuate radical militants, including Jabhat al-Nusra (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia – TASS),” he said. Putin also told about…

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Russia says UN commission’s allegations about Damascus’ use of chemical weapons groundless

Russia says UN commission’s allegations about Damascus’ use of chemical weapons groundless

GENEVA, September 17. /TASS/. A report recently released by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria contains groundless allegations about Damascus’ use of chemical weapons, Russian delegation spokesperson Anastasia Bagdatyeva said at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday. “We have once again taken note of information about the alleged use of chemical weapons. The Commission unequivocally puts the blame on ‘government forces and/or affiliated militias’ though no official investigations have been conducted,” Bagdatyeva noted, commenting on the report based on investigations conducted from January 16 to July10, 2018. According to her, “such groundless accusations only play into…

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Putin plans to discuss Syrian settlement with Erdogan

Putin plans to discuss Syrian settlement with Erdogan

© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS SOCHI, September 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday opening talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that he wants to discuss problems of the Syrian settlement and try to find solutions to them. “Our relations are developing dynamically and positively. It can be said about our trade and economic ties, which are growing rapidly. It can be said about our security cooperation, especially within the region, on the international arena in a broad sense of the word,” he said. “There are a lot of problems, some of them being very difficult. I am…

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Situation in Syria’s Idlib requires high-level talks, says Kremlin spokesman

Situation in Syria’s Idlib requires high-level talks, says Kremlin spokesman

MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/.The situation in Syria’s Idlib province requires a serious high-level discussion, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “The situation in Idlib is difficult, discussions will go on,” he said. “You know that several days ago, there were bilateral and trilateral discussions. Today, the conversation will continue because the situation is serious – let’s put it this way – there are some differences in approaches, so it requires serious high-level talks,” Peskov added. At the same time, Kremlin spokesman said that there were no plans to arrange a new conversation between the Russian leader and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. However, in Peskov’s…

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Turkey plans to strengthen military positions in Syria’s Idlib, says Erdogan

Turkey plans to strengthen military positions in Syria’s Idlib, says Erdogan

© AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis ANKARA, September 17. /TASS/. Turkey is determined to continue strengthening its military positions in Syria’s Idlib province, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters upon returning from Azerbaijan on Monday. “It is true that we have been strengthening the positions of our troops [in Idlib]. We cannot afford to have any weak spots,” he said, as cited by the Haberturk newspaper. “If we don’t strengthen our observation points, then someone else will take the initiative, which may lead to civilian harm,” Erdogan added. The Turkish media reported earlier that the country’s troops had been deployed to Syria’s Idlib and the Turkish-Syrian border.…

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