Voices from Russia

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Official Statement by President of the Russian Federation V V Putin on the American Aggression in Syria

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On 14 April, the USA, supported by its allies, launched an airstrike against military and civilian targets in the Syrian Arab Republic. It committed an act of aggression against a sovereign state on the frontline in the fight against terrorism without a mandate from the UN Security Council, violating the UN Charter and norms and principles of international law. Just as one year ago, when Shayrat Airbase in Syria came under attack, the USA used as a pretext a staged chemical attack against civilians, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb. Having visited the site of the would-be chemical attack, Russian military experts didn’t find any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent. Not a single local resident was able to confirm that a chemical attack had actually taken place. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons dispatched experts to Syria in order to investigate all the circumstances. However, in a sign of cynical disdain, a group of Western countries decided to take military action without waiting for the results of the investigation.

Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel assist the legitimate government in its counterterrorism efforts. Through its actions, the USA makes the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and brings suffering to civilians. In fact, the USA panders to terrorists who’ve tormented the Syrian people for seven years, leading to a wave of refugees fleeing this country and the region. The current escalation around Syria is destructive for the entire system of international relations. History will set things right, and Washington already bears a heavy responsibility for bloody outrages in Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya. Russia will convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions by the USA and its allies.

14 April 2018

President of Russia

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/57257

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