Putin Suspends US-Russia Memorandum on Flights Safety in Syria
President Vladimir Putin believes that US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base broke international law and have seriously hurt US-Russia relations. As a result Russia suspends the Memorandum on preventing incidents and ensuring flights safety in Syria during operations earlier signed with the United States.
The United States last night carried out an attack of cruise missiles against government troops after using chemical wepon in Idlib this week. Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says US strike illegal and is “aggression against a sovereign nation.”
Moscow had been hoping to cooperate with new US President Donald Trump but his action in Syria caused shock in Russia who now say it had dealt a significant blow to any hopes of doing business with Trump.
The Russian Foreign Ministry claim “Undoubtedly, the US strike is an attempt to divert attention from the situation in Mosul where hundreds of civilians lost their lives due to actions, including by the US-led coalition, and the humanitarian disaster is mounting.”
The full statement said:
“The Russian side suspends the memorandum on the prevention of incidents and on ensuring the safety of flights in the course of operations in Syria, concluded with the United States.We urge the United Nations Security Council to meet in urgent session to discuss the current situation.
“It is obvious that the strike with US cruise missiles had been prepared beforehand. It is clear to any specialist that the decision to deal the strikes was made in Washington before the events in Idlib, which were used as a pretext for a show of muscle. It is beyond doubt that the US military strike is an attempt to distract attention from the situation in Mosul, where as a result of actions by the US coalition hundreds of civilians died and the humanitarian disaster is growing.
“Without taking the trouble to look into the situation the United States opted for the show of muscle, for military resistance to a country that fights against international terrorism. This is not the first time that the United States takes such a reckless approach, which merely exacerbates the world’s problems and poses a threat to international security.
“We will never agree to illegitimate actions against the legal Syrian authorities, who have for a long time been involved in irreconcilable war on international terrorism.
“In its attempts to excuse the military strike Washington utterly distorted the events in Idlib. The US side cannot but be aware that Syria’s government forces did not use chemical weapons there. Damascus does not have any, which has more than once been confirmed by competent specialists. The corresponding conclusions were made by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which over the past years has inspected practically all facilities that had or might have been involved in Syria’s chemical weapons program. As for Idlib, terrorists there were making bombs stuffed with poisonous chemicals for their subsequent use in Syria and Iraq. That facility was eliminated by the Syrian Air Force.
“We’re urging the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the current situation.”
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