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Friday, 7 April 2017

OFFICIAL Minoborony Rossii Statement on the American Aggression in Syria

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OFFICIAL

On 7 April, from 3.42 to 3.56 (MSK), two destroyers of the US Navy (USS Ross and USS Porter) launched a massive strike with 59 TLAMs (Tomahawk Land Attack Missile) from the area near Crete (Mediterranean Sea) against the Syrian Shayrat Airbase (Homs Governate). According to objective monitoring data, 23 missiles reached the Syrian base. As a result, they destroyed an equipment depot, a training building, a messing facility, six MiG-23 aircraft in repair hangars, as well as a radar station. The strike didn’t damage the runway, taxiways, and Syrian Air Force aircraft at parking revetments. According to information received from the Air Base Command, two Syrian servicemen are missing, four are dead, and six suffered burns fighting the fires. Therefore, the combat effectiveness of the massive American missile strike on the Syrian airbase was extremely low.

These actions of the American party are a serious violation of the Memorandum on prevention of incidents and providing security during operations in the airspace of Syria signed in 2015. The Minoborony Rossii suspends its coöperation with the Pentagon within this Memorandum. All the accusations against Damascus that it violated the Chemical Weapons Convention of 2013 given by the USA as reasons for the strike are groundless. The Minoborony Rossii repeatedly explained that Syrian troops hadn’t used chemical weapons. We’re looking forward to receiving explanations from the USA on the existence of irrefutable proof that the Syrian forces used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun.

We should emphasise that in 2013-16, the Syrian government undertook all measures to eliminate chemical weapons, delivery systems, and production facilities. They eliminated all chemical weapons stocks. They transported the components for their production from the Syrian Arab Republic to the USA, Finland, UK, and Germany ,where they destroyed them. The US administrations changed, but the methods for unleashing wars remained the same since the bombardments of Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya. Allegations, falsifications, grandstand playing with photos and test-tubes with pseudo results in international organisations became the reason for aggression initiation instead of an objective investigation.

We should emphasise that a large-scale offensive of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra armed formations began right after the massive missile strike against the Syrian airbase. The Minoborony Rossii hopes that the activities of the insurgents weren’t coordinated with the American party. Today, it’s obvious that the Americans planned this cruise missile strike long before this event. It’s necessary to conduct reconnaissance operations, to plan and prepare missile flight paths, and put them on full combat alert. It’s clear to any specialist that the Americans decided to launch the missile strike on Syria well before the events in Khan Sheikhoun, which were just a formal reason for the attack, while reasons of internal politics were the sole reason for this demonstration of military power. In the near future, we’ll improve the effectiveness of the Syrian Armed Forces air defence system to cover the most important objects of the Syrian infrastructure.

7 April 2017

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

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Editor:

What happened to the other 36 TLAMs? The statement is silent on that. However, I believe that Russian warships and PVO units shot down the remainder. Eat shit and die, Sean Hannity… you’re not only a liar… you lied knowing that the raid failed in most of its aims.

Mistrust anything from the corporate American media… lying dogs like Serge Schmemann and Rachel Maddow work for it.

BMD

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