Russia calls on US not to repeat Syria strike

Russia calls on US not to repeat Syria strike

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday insisted that the U.S. should not carry out further attacks against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

Speaking at the start of a meeting in Moscow with a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov said: “We consider it fundamentally important to prevent the risk of recurrence of such events in the future.”

Last Friday, US President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airbase. It saw a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles launched against the Shayrat airfield in the western Syrian Homs Province, causing some 15 fatalities, including civilians.

Russian forces were based at the airfield, although US officials said the Russians had been given notice of the strike ahead of time.

The attack lacked a United Nations Security Council mandate, and the US Congress was not even consulted.

Russia and the US have been supporting opposite sides during the now-six-year militancy in Syria. Moscow has been helping Damascus in its fight against extremist militants, while Washington has been arming some of the militant groups fighting in Syria. The US has also been leading dozens of its allies in a coalition purportedly targeting Daesh positions in the Arab country.

Observers said the US missile attack against the Syrian airfield threatened to spark a major confrontation between powers Russia and the US.


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