On Friday, D S Peskov, President Putin’s media contact, told reporters:
President Putin considers the US strikes against Syria an act of aggression against a sovereign country violating the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that. The Syrian army has no stockpiles of chemical weapons. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a UN department, registered and confirmed the fact that Syria eliminated all chemical weapons stockpiles. Putin believes that the total disregard for the use of chemical weapons by terrorists only exacerbates the situation significantly. Putin also sees the strikes on Syria by the USA as an attempt to divert the attention of the international community from numerous civilian casualties in Iraq. Washington’s move substantially impairs Russian-US relations, which are in a deplorable state as it is. Furthermore, most importantly, Putin believes that this step doesn’t bring us closer to the ultimate goal in the fight against international terrorism. On the contrary, it creates serious obstacles to efforts in forging an international coalition to fight against it and effectively counter this global evil. By the way, US President Trump proclaimed this as one of the key objectives during his election campaign.
7 April 2017