Lavrov: US-led Coalition Airstrike On Government Forces Means Desire To Prompt Oppositionists And Extremists To Fight Syrian Government

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Lavrov: US-led Coalition Airstrike On Government Forces Means Desire To Prompt Oppositionists And Extremists To Fight Syrian Government

© Michael Fiala / Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the US-led coalition airstrike on Syrian government forces is illegitimate and violates the Syrian sovereignty.

“Whatever the reason for the decisions that the US command made to carry out that strike was, the strike is illegitimate, it is illegal and a regular gross violation of the Syrian Arab Republic’s sovereignty,” the minister told reporters, adding that Russia believes that this move shows the desire to prompt oppositionists and some extremists to fight the Syrian government.

“Again we see the desire of Jabhat al-Nusra [also known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] and those who cooperate with it, to leave [the terrorists’ activities] outside the coalition’s military activities. Again and again we see the desire and confirmation of this desire as for the deployment of oppositionists and some extremists, including from Jabhat al-Nusra, to fight against the legitimate government of Syria.

Lavrov said that Moscow is inquiring about the details of the incident. He added that there were “some reports” that several dozen civilians died as a result of the strike. [SF: However, this seems to be hardly possible because the airstrike hit a government forces military column, according to local sources]

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  • FlorianGeyer

    The US may as well fly with the ISIS flag on their wings as we know that the US in reality supports terrorism for geo political gain.

  • Joe Doe

    Mr. Lavrov, talk is cheap. SYria need better protection than just talk

    • Hrky75

      Talk IS cheap, but that statement works both ways my friend. Let’s analyze the situation briefly. It’s no news that US a) want’s to fragment Syria, b) pays no respect to international law, c) uses the international law when it suits US interests and d) has 100% support from it’s lapdogs that unfortunately include most of the rest of the world. Russia and Syria are fighting US alone. Iran helps, but diplomatically that makes more harm than good (thanks to US demonization of Iran), Iraq would like to help but is too messed up to do so and a dozen other countries that support legal government of Syria (like Bolivia, India, Cuba etc) are to insignificant to make a difference. Russia has to be careful and choose wisely which battles with US to fight. I’m more pissed off at China – I expected them to be aggressive on the diplomatic front both in the UN and bilaterally. For example it would be perfectly consistent with China’s long-term diplomatic strategy to call for emergency session of UNSC over US breach of Syrian sovereignty and international law since they usually insisted on these matters in previous conflicts.

      • Joe Doe

        Russia inaction created RUssia as punching bag for the americans and western establishments. You should look at the years 1932 and 1939 in Europe. The WW2 started because England and France done nothing to protect alliances. If you do nothing than the aggressor will take more and more. This is given. In regards China, I would say that China play two ways. Therefore, I would not trust China at all. Remember CHina has invested 1.3 trillion USD, therefore China is financing wars and will do nothing against america, due to own action

        • Hrky75

          I agree with you on China issue – but if they continue being silent they will have financed their own doom. Russia is the only country that provided help to the Syrian government – otherwise we would be having Al Qaida emir sitting in Damascus. The problem is that the rest of the world is OK with US (and only US) $hitting on the concept of national sovereignty – and don’t forget that it was Obama who argued that air strikes were not act of war! He is still regarded as a living God of the liberal West and an opposition to Trump. Russia is isolated diplomatically, militarily and economically and they can’t fight all the battles all the time. Having said that I would’ve enjoyed immensely for a Russian S-400 operator on duty last evening to have made a “human error” bringing down and unidentified object SE of Damascus and Lavrov to have commented: “Sorry guys. Shit happens!”

          • christianblood

            Well-said!

          • Ma_Laoshi

            Well Russia’s isolation is far from total. Nonetheless surely you have a point, but why is that? Not so much because the rest of the world buys into “Putin baby-eater” NATO propaganda. Instead, the (well-deserved) impression is that Russia doesn’t stand by its allies. The priority for the Russian elite seems to lie in acceptance by the West, at almost any price. This is not something that those elites can get by force, and begging only makes them more of a joke. What the Kremlin *could* get is a certain respect based on its own strength; alas, in recent weeks we haven’t seen much of that in the face of western encroachment on Syria.

          • Ronald

            “Respect based on strength” , that is the only thing they understand . That’s why I am amazed that the airport bombed by the USAF last Oct., has not been reclaimed . Russia could use it as a training mission , fly in with paratroopers in large enough numbers to secure the airport , and fly out a week or two latter.
            The Russian elite needs to understand with more respect , they will also achieve more .

          • Hrky75

            I place the blame squarely on the western elites. Russian elites historically wanted Europe’s acceptance but always on Russian terms. Last time they tried to conform to outside dictate was during Yeltsin era – and no Russian politician will ever repeat that mistake. No, it’s our own elites that have wholeheartedly accepted US dictate – economic, political and military – and existence of de facto US global Empire. It’s Munchen all over again, only this time the Fuhrer lives on the other side of the Atlantic and owns the most devastating weapon in history – dollar printing machine.

          • Ma_Laoshi

            Well yes and no. Western elites are greedy cowards, but are they irrational? I’m still withholding judgement whether Trump is a dummy, but “his” generals are not. They have repeatedly delivered exactly the intended message to Syria and the world: “You should just have given us our pipeline. At the end of the day, the house always wins: Russian allies still get bombed, American allies don’t.”

            Or take the episode where Erdogan stepped out of line in his dealings with the Russkies, and apparently got a call “Goons with big guns are en route to your current location. You have ten minutes.” Shrewd survivor that he is, he got out; any of Europe’s empty suits would have been dead meat. They may cheer as loudly as us when the Empire finally goes down; but until then, they may feel they have no alternative.

          • Hrky75

            Rational or not the western elites surrendered to the ideology of New American century and do the best they can to help. You know the saying: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” In that sense Russia is isolated from most other important world countries. But if US strategy works in Syria and Russia, you think the Empire will fold and say we’re through with war, or start looking for the new enemy – and just maybe they find it in the heart of Europe, among their “allies”.

          • Ma_Laoshi

            Well if President Michele Obama manages to whack both Syria and Russia, her challenger Chelsea Clinton would still say that Obama policies are dangerously weak: we need a base on the moon, and we have to arm moderate Martians before China does! Permanent war is now integrated into the structure of the US economy, seems nothing anybody can do about it.

        • Attrition47

          ~~~~~England and France done nothing to protect alliances.~~~~~

          Apart from rearmament you mean?

          • Barba_Papa

            Hardly efficiently though. The French wasted most of their time and money on the Maginot line, neglecting their mobile formations, much needed motorization of their infantry, communication equipment and a piss poor military doctrine. And the British lost ALL their equipment at Dunkirk.

            So in a way by sacrificing their allies to appease Germany to buy time to rearm they sacrificed them for nothing and basically gave the Germans time to further build up their forces and refine their better military doctrine. In hindsight they might have even stood a better chance if war had erupted a few years earlier.

          • Attrition47

            The Maginot Line was a logical way to counter German numerical superiority. By economising on men with steel and concrete, the French could form high-quality armoured and motorised divisions. The Dyle Plan and the breda variant threw it all away.

    • John

      Hey Joe Doe. There is something else going on here. This was a very big clue as to how weak the long term hand is of the US. Down the line, this could work greatly against them. The guys in charge in the US now are not long term thinkers and that is a very dangerous thing for everybody to know.

  • John Marks

    Americans need to know that any further American air assaults on the Syrian army will be met by S-400.

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      That is an old tired tune worn out because it was overplayed and never true. Israel bombs at will, so does the UK and France. No Russian missile has ever been able to score anything in this war.
      They are 100% failures.
      Within 10 years the UK and France and Israel will be bombing Moscow, and still these missiles will fail.

      • John

        We will see.

      • @Inc2Get

        The s-400 System is not a failure. Only a mad man would think that. However, the SAA tries to avoid firing at these hypocritz because they will have a reason to launch an invasion. These airstrikes does not hurt the SAA significantly.

      • Margaret Smith

        the S 400 is for Russian protection.. not others.

        • Real Anti-Racist Action

          Then why is the S-400 system in China?????

  • JPH

    The US is so internally divided that it can only be trusted to fail any obligations that one part of the US seems to have agreed on. This attack looks like a repeat of that Deir Azzor attack with the Pentagram again sabotaging the State Department again.

    Despicable and quite telling is the use of “de-confliction zone” by the US military spokesman intentionally obfuscating where it happened and also intentionally mocking the already difficult Astana process. The US military is actively engaged in obstructing the peace process. Other examples are the recent attack on IS fighters having agreed to leave that Dam thus making any such agreement in the future even more difficult.

  • Ma_Laoshi

    For some reason, the Russian Syria strategy has consistently been to invite the Americans in; never to push them out. For this aspect, I don’t believe Assad/Iran had much say in it. Now that the US has its base fortified and its proxies armed, they feel confident in saying “The border with Iraq is ours (oh and Greater Kurdistan too; and, via NATO ally Turkey, the North as well).” And they’re backing it up with force. What else did the Kremlin think would happen? If any of this is a surprise to Putin/Lavrov, they just don’t have the chops to confront the Empire.

    • Brad Isherwood

      Putin is playing the Masonic game, …which finds Syria as stepping stone to Iran.
      US will occupy part of Syria, build bases,…put in missile defence,
      And stage towards Iran.
      Putin only gave Iran S 300 which US and Israel can defeat.
      Only a few nations left which are not Rothschild Central Bank.

      The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer. [The New World Order] cannot happen without U.S. participation, as we are the most significant single component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change it’s perceptions.”
      – Henry A. Kissinger, World Affairs Council Press Conference, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel , April 19th 1994.

      Maybe Lord Rothschild will give Putin a media win so as to keep sheeple duped and
      Inspire Russians their leader is not a slave of the Jews and Banksters.
      Putin’s got Trump tire tracks ….on his back : )

      • Ma_Laoshi

        Hmm part of that I’d consider… speculative. I just hope Russians realize that once Iran is gone, they’ll be fighting the war on Russian soil without any ally left on their side–and deservedly so. The time to say “until here and no further” and fight fight fight may be now–any scenario of making a stand maybe next time is actually harder I think.

        The sides may still be miscommunicating. The Kremlin needs to be aware that the US does not merely speak in cowboy language; by now, it’s the only language they still understand.

        • Brad Isherwood

          http://www.conspiracyschool.com/blog/donald-trump-chabad-lubavitch-and-oligarchs
          Alternative media USA and global walking away from the Hope in Trump.
          The Alternative debates how Trump was extorted by deep state to Ovey.
          Yet here in the above article link,….Trump is not the outsider,…
          He’s plugged in just as Putin is…IE. ..Notice the Russian Oligarchs and Lubavitch
          Which launched Putin into power.

          Trump/Kushner US/Israel Lubavitch may not have the same agenda as Putin’s
          Oligarchs and Lubavitch.
          The US is 20 Trillion in debt to the Rothschilds Federal Reserve Bank.
          Actually it’s way way more + interest.
          The Russian side know the USD $ oil dollar is fated….it’s terminal decline.
          The Masonic game on nations still requires financial support,national support,and
          Public.
          This is why media controlled and illusion is full court press!

          The NWO game gets more dangerous as the few remaining nations are linked to regions where location = crisis
          Iran Persian Gulf and Suez…a war here throttles global economics.
          Shipping Insurance goes thru the roof.
          Same same if NK is attacked by US with Shipping in Asia in similar Insurance leverage.
          Immediately all Stock market core from Gold to rare metals spikes with Oil
          Surging in value,…yet transfer of oil/nat gas is captured by war zones…taking lots of that off the market.

          Russia/China are positioned by the one Silk road…
          Chaos actually benefits them.
          Rothschild realizes that every time he Overthrows a nation….He makes Silk Road more valuable! .
          They must be kicking chairs accross the room now…
          The shock and awe bomb access only goes so far.
          Rothschild will not attack Russia or China….unless he can negate their satellites and
          Response strike.

          Jews want their Temple built in Jerusalem. ..it’s everything from Anti Christ movies to light the match for WW 3.
          Masonic side wants global chaos and death before Lucifer Is revealed.
          They believe this sh@t….all the tumbling of nations is really for the Occult …not fully
          For the Banking.