Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Vladimir Putin condemns US-led airstrikes on Syria

Vladimir Putin condemns US-led airstrikes on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that the USA -led strike on Syria was "an act of aggression" against a sovereign state and Russia strongly condemns it.

Russia, a key ally of the Assad government, is calling for an immediate UN Security Council meeting, he said.

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians.

Mr Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

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Though the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is sending its experts to Syria to investigate, a group of Western countries "cynically" disregarded it and launched a military operation instead of waiting for the outcome of the investigation, Putin said.

A senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus said the Syrian government absorbed the attacks, adding that the targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russian Federation.

The Syrian Government has accused Washington of seeking to use it as a pretext for attacking.

According to the Russian military, the massive missile strike on objects of military and civilian infrastructure was conducted by U.S. warships jointly with the United Kingdom and French air forces at 3:42-5:10 Moscow time.

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"The barbaric aggression ...will not affect in any way the determination and insistence of the Syrian people and their heroic armed forces", state media quoted an official ministry source as saying.

President Vladimir Putin later referred to this claim, saying on April 4 that Russian Federation had "irrefutable proof" that rebels were planning an attack with "poisonous substances".

"Such attacks will have no result but more destruction ... the Americans want to justify their presence in the region by such attacks", Tasnim quoted Mr Rouhani as saying.

Iran also warned of "regional consequences" following the attacks.

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