Russia says U.S. Syria strike unacceptable violation of sovereignty

Reuters

Fri May 19, 2017 | 6:52am EDT

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday that a U.S. military strike the previous day against militia supported by the Syrian government was an unacceptable violation of Syria’s sovereignty, Russian news agencies reported.

Russian deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov speaks to members of the security council during a meeting on nonproliferation of North Korea at United Nations on April 28, 2017 in New York City

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov. Credit Eduardo Munoz Alvarez | Getty Images

Gatilov, who was speaking in Geneva, was cited as saying that the U.S. strike would hamper efforts to find a political solution to the conflict there.

“Any military action leading to an escalation of the situation in Syria has an impact on the political process,” agencies quoted him as saying. “It (Thursday’s strike) is utterly unacceptable and a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

U.S. officials told Reuters that the U.S. military carried out the air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S. and U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south.

A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that the air strike had hit “one of our military points”, without elaborating, Syrian state TV reported.

The air strike late on Thursday killed several people and caused material damage, the source said, saying that this hampered efforts by the Syrian army and its allies to fight Islamic State.

Gatilov complained about what he said was a separate strike that had occurred on Wednesday May 17.

Syrian SU-22 fighter-bomber
Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) Sukhoi Su-22M-4 “Fitter” fighter-bomber

“Literally a day before this (Thursday’s strike) a strike was carried out which resulted in a large number of civilian deaths, which is also unacceptable,” Gatilov was cited as saying.

The United States has not spoken about any strikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition on that date.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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Russia says US-coalition strike in Syria hit civilians: Agencies

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday that a U.S.-coalition strike in Syria on May 17 had hit civilians and was unacceptable, Russian news agencies reported.

Gatilov, who the agencies said was speaking in Geneva, said the strike had violated Syria’s sovereignty and would not help efforts to find a political solution to the conflict there.

Separately, the U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S. and U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south, U.S. officials told Reuters.

Gatilov said he was referring to a strike on Wednesday May 17, not the air strike on Thursday. The United States has not spoken about any strikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition on that date.

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One Response to “Russia says U.S. Syria strike unacceptable violation of sovereignty”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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