Friday, April 7, 2017

The US strikes in Syria: "Aggression Against A Sovereign State", According To Putin


Russian President Vladimir Putin sees the US strikes against Syria as an "aggression against a sovereign state," the Kremlin said on Friday, saying they were causing "considerable damage" to relations between Moscow and Washington.


"President Putin considers the American strikes against Syria as an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, (on the basis of invented pretexts)," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Russian news agencies.

Russia is the main ally of the Syrian regime and has been conducting air strikes since the end of September 2015 in Syria, where it deployed planes and helicopters.

"This Washington action is causing considerable damage to Russian-American relations, which are already in a dismal state," Peskov said.
"But above all, as Putin believes, this action does not bring us closer to the ultimate goal of the fight against international terrorism, but on the contrary, it creates serious obstacles for the constitution of an international coalition for the fight against terrorism )", did he declare.

"The Syrian Army does not have chemical weapons reserves," the spokesman said, adding that "the destruction of all chemical weapons reserves" by Damascus had already been noted by the Organization for the " Prohibition of chemical weapons.

For the Russian president, "the American strikes in Syria are an attempt to divert the attention of the international community away from the many civilian victims in Iraq", where air strikes against the Islamic State (Islamic State) organization in Mosul killed Dozens of civilians at the end of March, the spokesman said.

"From Putin's point of view, completely ignoring the facts about the terrorist use of chemical weapons makes the situation considerably worse," Peskov said.

The base of al-Chaayrate in the central province of Homs was struck at 0040 GMT by 59 Tomahawk missiles fired by the USS Porter and USS Ross ships in the eastern Mediterranean.

These strikes occurred after an alleged chemical attack in the locality of Khan Sheikhoun, imputed to the Syrian regime by Washington, and denied by Damascus.

Vladimir Putin on Thursday ruled it "unacceptable" to accuse the Damascus regime of blaming for the attack, which killed 86 people, including 27 children, without protest, and provoked international outrage.

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