Russian Foreign Ministry: Washington Distorted What Happened In Idlib To Justify Own Military Action

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Russian Foreign Ministry: Washington Distorted What Happened In Idlib To Justify Own Military Action

The US navy launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: Ford Williams/AP

On April 7, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement, explaining own attitude towards the ongoing events in Syria and blaming the United States for distorting of the incident with “chemical weapons” that had happened in Syria’ Idlib.

The statement (source):

The United States conducted strikes against Syrian government troops in the early hours of April 7, using chemical weapons attacks in Idlib Province as a pretext.

The US opted for a show of force, for military action against a country fighting international terrorism without taking the trouble to get the facts straight.

It is not the first time that the US chooses an irresponsible approach that aggravates problems the world is facing, and threatens international security. The very presence of military personnel from the US and other countries in Syria without consent from the Syrian government or a UN Security Council mandate is an egregious and obvious violation of international law that cannot be justified. While previous initiatives of this kind were presented as efforts to combat terrorism, now they are clearly an act of aggression against a sovereign Syria. Actions undertaken by the US today inflict further damage to the Russia-US relations.

Russia has expressed on numerous occasions that it was ready to cooperate on resolving the most urgent issues the world is facing today, and that fighting international terrorism was a top priority. However, we will never agree to unsanctioned action against the legitimate Syrian government that has been waging an uncompromising war on international terrorism for a long time.

Seeking to justify military action Washington has totally distorted what had happened in Idlib. The US could not have failed to grasp the fact that the Syrian government troops did not use chemical weapons there. Damascus simply does not have them, as confirmed a number of times by qualified experts. This was the conclusion reached by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Over the recent years this organisation inspected almost all the facilities linked or possibly linked to Syria’s chemical weapons programme. As for Idlib, the terrorists operating there used to produce toxic land mines intended for use in Syria and Iraq. These manufacturing facilities were put out of operation in a military operation carried out by the Syrian air force.

The US pretends that it does not understand obvious things, turning a blind eye to the use of chemical weapons in Iraq, officially confirmed by Baghdad. The US refuses to believe the evidence provided by certified documents confirming the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Aleppo. In doing so, the US is abetting international terrorism and making it stronger. New WMD attacks can be expected.

There is no doubt that the military action by the US is an attempt to divert attention from the situation in Mosul, where the campaign carried out among others by US-led coalition has resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties and an escalating humanitarian disaster.

It is obvious that the cruise missile attack was prepared in advance. Any expert understands that Washington’s decision on air strikes predates the Idlib events, which simply served as a pretext for a show of force.

Russia suspends the Memorandum of Understanding on Prevention of Flight Safety Incidents in the course of operations in Syria signed with the US.

We call on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the latest developments.

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  • Terence Silvestre Jr.

    I am very disappointed by the performance of Russia. Pure talk as always and no action when required dealing with the cowardly American terrorist sponsor.
    According to Reuters:
    ” Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, told reporters the U.S. strikes had been conducted to help rebel groups fighting Assad.
    When asked whether Russia had deactivated its own anti-missile defense systems in Syria before the missile strike, Peskov declined to comment. ”
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-putin-idUSKBN1790NU

    • Paulo Vieira
    • DirSebő

      Well in part this is true.
      Russia clamied, they will shoot down all the missles.
      But somehow some of the missles have not get their aim :)
      But yes I am angry to and many times I dont understand Russia.

      • Thegr8rambino

        Me too. I’m thinking, and at least hoping, they have better ideas on how to proceed/retaliate than we do..

      • Terence Silvestre Jr.

        What is your source of the af that supposed acclamation of russia my friend?
        The true is there was no reaction from any anti-Russian weaponry in Syria during the cowardly attack by the United States. So much so that several media ask what happened because the most logical answer is that Russia for fear of American reprisals has deliberately deactivated its entire anti-aerial system in Syria during the attack, a question that did not want to answer the Putin’s spokesman. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-putin-idUSKBN1790NU

        • DirSebő

          Hmm maybe I have mistaken, yes I see it was announced, that jets will be shoot down.But even South Front said, that russia will shoot on missles, and the funny thing is, that many missles landed in Tartus.
          Some on my Hungarian Air Defense Forum say, that russians hacked or jammed the missle control so they just crashed.