Syria attacked 'just as it had a chance for peace' - Moscow

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

According to data of Russia's Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria's military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by USA planes and naval ships in cooperation with British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday. It will provide the proofs that the actions by the United States and its allies, which joined this awful action, are illegal.

Russia has indisputable data that the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma was staged by special services of a foreign country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, TASS reports.

"From a diplomatic point of view, this [missile strike on Syria] is, of course, a blow that was delivered on the geographical point on the map, but it is also a blow to the global law and the whole system of worldwide relations", Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"First, the Syrian people was subjected to Arab Spring, then Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL], now to 'smart" American missiles.

"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future", she wrote.

Ms Zakharova also claims Western media is partly responsible for the attacks.

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Russian Federation and the United States are using their channels of communications on Syria, according to the minister.

The strike came about after Syrian forces cleared of terrorist groupings all of Eastern Ghouta, which had become stronghold of salafist militants with the backing of Washington, London and Paris.

Anatoly Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, says the military action threatens Russia - and there will be consequences. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", says a statement from Mr Antonov published on RT.

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's Upper House of Parliament, Mr Konstantin Kosachev, described the air strikes as a groundless attack on a sovereign government, Interfax said.

The Russian Defence Ministry said Saturday that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas near to Russia's air and naval bases.

However, the Observatory says the facilities were evacuated by the Syrian government days before.

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