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Cyprus: Lavrov condemns US-led airstrike on Syrian 'military point'02:31

Cyprus: Lavrov condemns US-led airstrike on Syrian 'military point'

Cyprus, Nicosia
May 19, 2017 at 13:18 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US-led coalition airstrikes that hit forces aligned with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the southern town of Al Tanf on Thursday were "illegitimate, illegal and major violation of Syrian sovereignty," while speaking in Nicosia on Friday.

He said: "The strike... was justified or there was an attempt to justify it by the US Command by the fact that these government forces posed a threat to the opposition which cooperates with the US-led coalition."

Lavrov continued, "we see a desire to leave Jabhat al-Nusra behind the coalition's military activities and to reorient the opposition forces and some extremists, including Jabhat al-Nusra, towards fighting against Syrian legitimate government."

Russian diplomat also called US position on the situation in Syria "indulging terrorists," while "Washington and a number of other Western capitals are calling to stop any contacts with Bashar al-Assad."

Earlier on Friday, the Syrian Defence Ministry confirmed that the airstrike conducted by the US-Led coalition on Thursday had hit a position of pro-government forces outside the southern town of Al Tanf, located within an established deconfliction zone.

Cyprus: Lavrov condemns US-led airstrike on Syrian 'military point'02:31
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US-led coalition airstrikes that hit forces aligned with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the southern town of Al Tanf on Thursday were "illegitimate, illegal and major violation of Syrian sovereignty," while speaking in Nicosia on Friday.

He said: "The strike... was justified or there was an attempt to justify it by the US Command by the fact that these government forces posed a threat to the opposition which cooperates with the US-led coalition."

Lavrov continued, "we see a desire to leave Jabhat al-Nusra behind the coalition's military activities and to reorient the opposition forces and some extremists, including Jabhat al-Nusra, towards fighting against Syrian legitimate government."

Russian diplomat also called US position on the situation in Syria "indulging terrorists," while "Washington and a number of other Western capitals are calling to stop any contacts with Bashar al-Assad."

Earlier on Friday, the Syrian Defence Ministry confirmed that the airstrike conducted by the US-Led coalition on Thursday had hit a position of pro-government forces outside the southern town of Al Tanf, located within an established deconfliction zone.

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