Lavrov: Int’l coalition’s strike on Syrian forces is flagrant violation of Syria’s sovereignty

Nicosia, SANA-Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed on Friday that the US-led international coalition attack on one of the Syrian army’s military points on al-Tanf road in the Syrian Badia is illegitimate, illegal and constitutes a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic.

“Whatever the reason for the decisions that the US command made to carry out that strike was, the strike is illegitimate, it is illegal and a regular gross violation of the Syrian Arab Republic’s sovereignty,” Lavrov told reporters.

He said that Moscow believes that the recent US-led coalition’s strike on Syrian forces means the desire to prompt oppositionists and some extremists to fight the Syrian government, adding that this strike proves Washington’s intention to use some extremist groups, such as Jabhat al-Nusra to fight the legitimate government in Syria.

The Russian diplomat said that Moscow is inquiring about the details of the recent US strike, adding that Russia is very worried that the general, seemingly looming, understanding of the need to unite the efforts of all who really oppose on the ground and in the air the terrorists of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra is beginning to erode.
Lavrov said that he has no information that Washington warned Moscow before delivering an air strike on Syrian forces. “I don’t know about any such warning.”

He affirmed that adopting a memorandum of sanctions against Syria and its allies by the US House of Representatives on Saturday diverts the attention of the international community from confronting terrorists and efforts to prevent them from achieving their control over areas in the Middle East.

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