“US Strikes on Syria Will Have a Bad Impact on US-Russia Relations” -Moscow

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April 7th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein – 

Russian Foreign Ministry announced cessation of all aviation agreements, regarding airspace security over Syria operations. 

In a statement, issued on Friday, it was declared that the US military presence in Syria is illegal and that the strikes, verified by the US government, constitute an act of aggression and breach all international conventions and laws. The statement also called on the UN Security Council to convene an emergency session to discuss the US missile strikes on Syrian territory, while also announcing a cessation of all aviation agreements (mainly related to security) in Syria with US.

The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Washington had taken the decision to strike Syria even before the events in Khan Sheikhoun Idlib, that were later used as a pretext to the US strikes that represent an act of aggression against the sovereignty of the Syrian state, asserting that Damascus never used chemical weapons in Idleb, a fact that has repeatedly been confirmed by experts.

Earlier on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US strikes on Syrian Army positions, whose main purpose was to divert attention from the atrocities of the terrorist group Al Nusra Front, will have a negative effect on the already strained Moscow-Washington relations. He further stated that Washington never bothered to provide a single evidence about Syrian Army using chemical weapons.

The illegal US intervention in Syria also triggered a response from Beijing. The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that the respect for the Syrian people in regards to the the choice of their leader must be maintained. It also made calls to avoid any further deterioration of the situation in Syria, following the overnight US strikes on Syrian military positions.

Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said “We are opposed to the use of chemical weapons by any countries, organizations or individuals, and whatever the circumstances and goals may be”.

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