Putin: US Violated International Law
Friday, 07 April 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the US attack against Syria’s facilities is an aggression against a sovereign country, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

"President Putin considers the US strikes against Syria an aggression against a sovereign country violating the norms of international law, and under a made-up pretext at that," Peskov said.

Washington’s total disregard for the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria exacerbates the situation, he went on. "Putin believes that total disregard for the use of chemical weapons by terrorists only exacerbates the situation significantly," he said.

"Putin also sees the strikes on Syria by the US as an attempt to divert the attention of the international community from numerous civilians casualties in Iraq," Peskov said.

"Washington’s move impairs the Russian-US relations, which are in a deplorable state, substantially," Peskov emphasized.

"And, most importantly, Putin believes that this step does not bring us closer to the ultimate goal in the fight against international terrorism. On the contrary, it creates serious obstacles to efforts to forge an international coalition to fight against it and effectively counter this global evil. By the way, US President Donald Trump proclaimed this as one of the key objectives during his election campaign," the Kremlin spokesman said.

On Thursday, the US military launched a total of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.

The strike came in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib on April 4.

The US leadership believes the alleged chemical attack had been carried out from the Shayrat Airfield.


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