Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid Moallem is visiting Moscow.
During a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Thursday, Mouallem said that the American strike on Sharyat airbase in Syria violates international law and was carried out without verification by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and aims to disrupt the peace process.
He also pointed out that Wednesday’s UN Security Council session was prepared by the western powers in order to adopt the resolution which would abolish the unity and sovereignty of Syria, but failed due to Russian intervention of vetoing the decision and which helped to prevent another aggression against Syria.
He further reminded that Damascus previously demanded Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to form a committee that would launch an independent probe into the Khan Sheikhoun events.
"We have to express our highest gratitude to His Excellency President Putin and the Russian people on the position that they have taken against the American aggression", he was heard saying.
For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that the Khan Sheikhoun incident is being exploited in order to justify an illegal draft resolution at the UN Security Council, adding that these provocative attempts did not end successfully and that instead a neutral and independent probe into the Khan Sheikhoun incident shall be launched.
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