Russia: Western countries’ actions in Syria unacceptable and unlawful — Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called US-led airstrikes in Syria 'absolutely unacceptable' and 'unlawful' while speaking at the External Defence Policy Council meeting in Moscow on Saturday. According to Lavrov, the US and French Presidents as well as the British Prime Minister have been saying recently that they have «irrefutable facts that chemical weapons were used in Douma by Bashar... Еще al-Assad.» He mentioned that Russia «heard the same things just over a year ago» when it was reported by the White Helmets that sarin has been used in Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province, and how Russia's «western partners immediately jumped at it and began to present very doubtful videos, same as in case of Douma, as irrefutable facts.» According to Russian top diplomat, US-led coalition «justifies the airstrike» by providing a video which is «funny enough for professionals.» The US, UK and France have launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early on Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites as well as a Syrian military base in Homs. The airstrikes are a response to the claims of an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma last week. Syria and Russia have both denied the allegations, calling them «staged» and a «fabrication.»

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