Russia says the US military intervention in Syria without authorisation of the legitimate government is a big mistake.
“I’ve told our American partners repeatedly that this is a big mistake. Just like they received approval from the Iraqi government, they should have obtained approval from Damascus or come to the UN Security Council,” Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter cites Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The Russian official added:
“The fact that they went there illegally reflects, firstly, the arrogant stance that Syrian President Assad heads an illegitimate regime.”
Lavrov also provided the opinion that this step could pursue some controversial goals. For isntance, it can mark the desire to use the coalition to attack not only terrorist positions, but perhaps also the government’s forces later on in order to overthrow it, as it happened in Libya.
Lavrov noted that Russia is “the only country engaged in anti-terrorism activities in Syria legally.”