Russia slams ‘irresponsible, law-breaking’ U.S. attack on Syria
Russia has condemned the U.S. military action against the Syrian Army on Friday, saying the attack was irresponsible, damaging to the Russia-US relations, and violated international laws.
To remind, at dawn on Friday, under the order of the U.S. President Donald Trump, two US Navy Ships USS Porter and USS Ross, positioned in the Eastern Mediterranean, launched 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) on a Syrian Army’s Al-Shayrat Air Base.
The U.S. authorities said the attack was a response to an alleged chemical attack carried out a few days earlier by the Assad forces against civilians in Idlib.
Responding to the U.S. action in Syria, Russian foreign ministry said the US opted for a show of force, for military action against „a country fighting international terrorism without taking the trouble to get the facts straight.“
The Russian Foreign ministry said: “It is not the first time that the US chooses an irresponsible approach that aggravates problems the world is facing, and threatens international security. The very presence of military personnel from the US and other countries in Syria without consent from the Syrian government or a UN Security Council mandate is an egregious and obvious violation of international law that cannot be justified. While previous initiatives of this kind were presented as efforts to combat terrorism, now they are clearly an act of aggression against a sovereign Syria. Actions undertaken by the US today inflict further damage to the Russia-US relations.
“Russia has expressed on numerous occasions that it was ready to cooperate on resolving the most urgent issues the world is facing today, and that fighting international terrorism was a top priority. However, we will never agree to unsanctioned action against the legitimate Syrian government that has been waging an uncompromising war on international terrorism for a long time.“
According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, 87 citizens including 31 children and 20 women, died in the attack carried out by the Assad regime’s warplanes on April 4. The warplanes allegedly bombed parts of of Khan Shaykhun city ”with material believed to be gases which caused suffocation and other symptoms, like intense breathing secretion, iris shrinkage, pail, general spasm, and other symptoms appeared on the injured people.”
This has been denied by the Syrian Army loyal to Bashar Al Assad, and Russia shares the opinion that no chemical weapons were used by Assad’s forces in the Idlib attack.
The Foreign Ministry said: “Seeking to justify military action Washington has totally distorted what had happened in Idlib. The US could not have failed to grasp the fact that the Syrian government troops did not use chemical weapons there. Damascus simply does not have them, as confirmed a number of times by qualified experts. “This was the conclusion reached by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
“Over the recent years this organisation inspected almost all the facilities linked or possibly linked to Syria’s chemical weapons programme. As for Idlib, the terrorists operating there used to produce toxic land mines intended for use in Syria and Iraq. These manufacturing facilities were put out of operation in a military operation carried out by the Syrian air force.”
“The US pretends that it does not understand obvious things, turning a blind eye to the use of chemical weapons in Iraq, officially confirmed by Baghdad. The US refuses to believe the evidence provided by certified documents confirming the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Aleppo. In doing so, the US is abetting international terrorism and making it stronger. New WMD attacks can be expected.”
“There is no doubt that the military action by the US is an attempt to divert attention from the situation in Mosul, where the campaign carried out among others by US-led coalition has resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties and an escalating humanitarian disaster. It is obvious that the cruise missile attack was prepared in advance. Any expert understands that Washington’s decision on air strikes predates the Idlib events, which simply served as a pretext for a show of force.”
“Russia suspends the Memorandum of Understanding on Prevention of Flight Safety Incidents in the course of operations in Syria signed with the US. We call on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the latest developments,” Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.