Text of President Putin’s statement on the missile attacks on Syria

The US and allies, without the sanction of the United Nations Security Council, in violation of the UN Charter, norms and principles of international law, an act of aggression against a sovereign state

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent its experts to Syria to clarify all the circumstances. But a group of Western countries cynically disregarded this, undertaking a military action, without waiting for the outcome of the investigation.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made a statement in connection with the attacks of the United States and its allies on Syria. “RG” publishes the statement of the head of state.

“On April 14, the United States, with the support of its allies, launched a rocket attack on the facilities of the armed forces and the civil infrastructure of the Syrian Arab Republic, without the sanction of the United Nations Security Council, in violation of the UN Charter, norms and principles of international law, an act of aggression against a sovereign state the forefront of the fight against terrorism.

Again, just as a year ago, when the United States attacked the Shayrat airbase in Syria, the staging of the use of poisonous substances against the civilian population was used as an excuse, this time in Douma, a suburb of Damascus. Russian military experts, having visited the site of the alleged incident, did not find any traces of the use of chlorine or other poisonous substances. No local resident confirmed the chemical attack.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent its experts to Syria to clarify all the circumstances. But a group of Western countries cynically disregarded this, undertaking a military action, without waiting for the outcome of the investigation.

Russia most seriously condemns the attack on Syria, where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate government in the fight against terrorism.

By their actions, the United States further exacerbates the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, inflicting suffering on the civilian population, in fact they indulge the terrorists who have been tormenting the Syrian people for seven years, provoking a new wave of refugees from this country and the region as a whole.

The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of international relations. History will put everything in its place, and it has already laid heavy responsibility on Washington for bloody reprisals against Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya. Russia is convening an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions of the US and its allies.”

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