Missile attacks on Syria aiming to hinder OPCW probe into 'Chem Attack'

23 April, 2018, 21:57 | Author: Jason Torres
  • US: No Indication Assad Preparing New Chemical Attack

Syrian forces used Soviet-era air defense systems and fired 112 surface-to-air missiles to repel the US -led strikes, destroying 71 out of the 103 missiles launched by the Western coalition last week, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

On April 14, the US, UK and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Assad's regime forces in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump branded the "crimes of a monster". He repeated it on April 20 for RIA News, claiming that Russian Federation "has no moral obligations" after the missile strike on Syria launched by the United States and allies. "And the results show that they did not cross these red lines".

On April 14, the US, France and the United Kingdom carried out coordinated airstrikes against Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces in the city of Douma in the suburban Damascus region of Eastern Ghouta on April 7. The country has become a congested war zone in which multiple nations are fielding forces to pursue differing interests.

Though the attacks were lauded as "precise and overwhelming" by a Pentagon spokesman, the military admitted it was unlikely that it would be able to completely stop Assad's chemical program.

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 out of the 103 missiles fired by the trilateral alliance at the civil and military targets within the Arab republic.

According to the title, Russian Federation has already made such claims since the missile strike on Syria on April 14. Lavrov's reply was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website. Russian Federation claims 71 coalition missiles were downed. The question of providing S-300 air defense systems to Syria has not been settled yet, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media in Beijing on Monday. "Now, we have no moral obligations", Lavrov commented. "We had the moral obligations, we had promised not to do it some 10 years ago, I think, upon the request of our known partners", he said according to RIA.

"We are against revising these agreements, we consider it very counter productive to try to reduce to zero years of global work carried out via talks between the six major powers and Iran", TASS quoted Lavrov as saying after talks with Wang Yi, China's top diplomat, in Beijing. Even though it's purely defensive. "They are the leaders who were elected by their peoples, and they are responsible for peace and calm", he said.


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