Churkin: US airstrikes on Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor violate international law

New York, SANA- Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin stressed that the US airstrikes on positions of the Syrian army in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport violates the international law and the Russian-US agreement on Syria and it aims at supporting some of the armed groups.

Churkin added, in a press conference held on Sunday morning at the New York-based UN headquarters, that the US carried out a reckless airstrike, wondering why it did it at that time.

He affirmed that the US attack is dangerous and that there are consultations and negotiations among the Security Council’s member states to hold and emergency session.

Churkin said that the US attack violates the international law and it is difficult to believe that this was a mistake, adding that the speech of the US Representative to the UN Samantha Power doesn’t reflect goodwill and doesn’t reflect the reality of things.

He wondered why the US suddenly and without any warnings launched an attack on Deir Ezzor, and why it hasn’t launched such an attack before, indicating that the attack comes in the framework of supporting the armed groups.

Churkin called upon the US to coordinate with Russia if it is really willing to carry out strikes against the terrorist organizations in Deir Ezzor or at any other place, stressing that the US attack against positions of the Syrian army doesn’t have any sense of responsibility.

Answering a question on the US direct collusion with the ISIS terrorist organization, Churkin said that the US should attack Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS on the ground, particularly that the attack which it launched on the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport was strong and claimed the lives of scores of the Syrian army personnel.


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