Russia Slams ‘Outrageous’ U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Russian officials have condemned the United States’ airstrikes in Syria, accusing Washington of an “outrageous” violation of international law on Friday.

U.S. President Joe Biden directed airstrikes overnight against infrastructure facilities in eastern Syria belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militant groups. In its statement, the Pentagon added that the airstrikes came in response to recent attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. 

Washington’s move was “extremely outrageous,” Senator Sergei Tsekov, a member of the upper-house Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, told the RBC news website.

“Now, if someone struck a blow on U.S. territory, what would that look like? They strike at the territory of a sovereign republic without the consent of Syrian leadership, ”he said.

Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, told RBC that the U.S. strikes might have been justified, despite not being asked to do so by Damascus, if they had been targeting terrorist groups. However, they struck at territory where Syrian militias supported by Iran were allegedly located.

Dzhabarov added that “the Americans need a small, minor, but victorious war far from American borders in order to divert the attention of their people from problems that have accumulated there.” 

An unnamed source in the Russian Foreign Ministry echoed the senators’ comments. 

“The strike happened on the territory of a sovereign UN member state. This is an unacceptable violation of international law. We need to figure out who they were targeting there,” the unnamed Foreign Ministry official told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. warned Russia about the airstrike just moments before it happened.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, said it was “closely monitoring” the situation in Syria, according to RBC. 

Last week, Russia’s presidential envoy to Syria told the state-run TASS news agency that the U.S. has yet to make a specific offer for cooperating with Russia in Syria. 

Russia has maintained a military presence in Syria since 2015, when the Syrian government asked Moscow to assist in its fight against rebels and extremist groups.

(c) The Moscow Times

7 comments

  • “Now, if someone struck a blow on U.S. territory, what would that look like? They strike at the territory of a sovereign republic without the consent of Syrian leadership, ”he said.

    This statement needs a rework.

    “Now, if someone struck a blow on Ukrainian territory, what would that look like? They strike at the territory of a sovereign republic without the consent of Ukrainian leadership,”

    That’s better.

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  • Breathtaking hypocrisy from a bunch of filthy nazis that inflicted death and misery upon Ukraine and Georgia and expedited multiple double tap* bombings on hospitals in non-Syrian govt controlled areas.
    *A technique that involves bombing the building, waiting for the survivors to stagger out and then coming back on further bombing runs to finish them off.

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    • What has it got to do with Russia anyway? As far as I know, it’s not Russian territory.

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    • My response to Putin’s regime is to let me know when they recognize the application of international law in the behavior against Ukraine and Georgia. until they do, I could not care less what Putin’s regime has to say about anything.

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  • At least we did not downe a passenger aircraft right after take off.

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  • The Democratic party has a nasty habit of ” eating their own “. I see that this has not changed.
    Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is calling on the Biden administration to give Congress its legal justification for an airstrike launched Thursday against Iran-backed militia groups in Syria.
    Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances,” he added. “Congress must be fully briefed on this matter expeditiously.”

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