US-led coalition strike against Syrian forces ‘absolutely unacceptable’ – Russian Foreign Ministry

 US-led coalition strike against Syrian forces ‘absolutely unacceptable’ – Russian Foreign Ministry

The US-led coalition strike on a pro-government convoy in Syria is unacceptable and violates the sovereignty of the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

“Any military actions leading to the aggravation of the situation in Syria definitely affect the political process. Especially if such actions are committed against the Syrian armed forces… This is totally unacceptable; it is a violation of Syrian sovereignty. Of course, it does not help the political process,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov stated on Friday.

Damascus said on Friday that the Thursday strike hit a Syrian Army position on Al-Tanf road in the Syrian desert “which led to casualties and material damage,” Sana reports.

The US-led coalition airstrike on pro-government forces in Syria was called “aggression” and “government terrorism” by Syria’s ambassador to the UN and the government’s chief negotiator at the Geneva talks, Bashar al-Jaafari. He also said the US actions amounted to a “massacre,” which was discussed during the talks with Staffan de Mistura.

“We discussed the massacre that the US aggressor committed yesterday in our country,” Jaafari stated, as cited by Reuters.

“We want to focus on fighting terrorism represented by armed groups and the state and government terrorism happening against our country. This includes the American aggression, French aggression and British aggression.”

Senior Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev also condemned the strike, questioning whether it was a deliberate attack.

“You cannot consider the US-led coalition airstrike against pro-government forces on Thursday an accident or a mistake anymore. This is a deliberate action and its consequences are yet to be estimated,” Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page.

“This is not only an attack in Syria and against Syria, but also against Geneva [negotiations]. The US is irritated that the Geneva process is not under its control and, what is worse, it can be successful.”

The sixth round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva which started on Tuesday was “short, but productive,” Gatilov said. He also noted that UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura wanted the experts’ meetings to continue beyond the negotiations.

Earlier, the US-led coalition admitted striking a militia group fighting alongside Syrian government forces in southern Syria on Thursday. They said in a statement that the Syrian forces “posed a threat” to US and allied troops at Tanf base near the Syria-Iraq-Jordan border.

The incident took place as pro-government forces reportedly entered one of the recently implemented de-escalation zones in Homs province, where they allegedly clashed with the US-backed Maghawir Al-Thawra militant group (formerly known as ‘New Syrian Army’).

“We notified the coalition that we were being attacked by the Syrian Army and Iranians in this point and the coalition came and destroyed the advancing convoy,” Reuters cited a militant representative as saying.

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9 Responses to "US-led coalition strike against Syrian forces ‘absolutely unacceptable’ – Russian Foreign Ministry"

  1. Amelius  May 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Murderers.

    Another example of the USA acting as the jihadi airforce. Any fool should be able to see by now, that by attacking pro government forces, you are directly supporting terrorists. While the USA has been lying about fighting terrorism, they’ve actually been pumping billions into bolstering terrorist forces to do their dirty work. Every time the Syrian government makes any significant progress in taking back their land from terrorists, the USG and mockingbird media stages a new gas attack to be blamed on the Syrian government, or makes up pathetic lies about imaginary crematoriums, hoping to cause a subconscious association with the holohoax. Or, as in this case, the USG will actually strike government forces in defence of terrorists. This is just the latest of many cases where this has happened. They know damn well that if Assad falls, terrorists will overrun the country, as in every other nation the USG has destroyed in the Middle East over the last 15 years.

    • Amelius  May 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Shame on the morons who side with the USG and ISIS in Syria. They’re clearly on the same side. They share the same objective in Syria. One chops off heads, and the other drops precision guided bombs, blowing communities to smithereens in defence of terrorist thugs. Both operate illegally on Syrian territory, under nobody’s authority, but their own. If the USG had not been supporting terrorists in Syria since the beginning, the war would have ended long ago. It might not have even started. This war is not Assad’s fault. It’s Israel’s, Saudi Arabia’s, Turkey’s, Britain’s and America’s fault.

  2. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  May 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Trump, Hillary & U.S. said that they wanted ‘safe zones’ (de-escalation zones) in Syria. Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey and some ‘moderate terrorists’ agree to ‘safe zones’ at the Astana peace talks…

    So, U.S. sends U.S. soldiers & U.S.-backed anti-Assad ‘moderate terrorists’ into the ‘safe zones’ to do battle — then bombs Syria & Iran for trying to set up the ‘safe zones’ for which the U.S. had asked.

    Where is Kafka when we really need him? ;-).

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  May 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      For a different look at the U.S. bombing of Assad’s Syrian Arab Army and Syria-allied anti-IS/Daesh Shiite militias, see “Syrian War Report – May 19, 2017: US-Led Forces Fights With Syrian Army For Iraqi Border” at http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/05/19/syrian-war-report-may-19-2017-us-led-forces-fights-with-syrian-army-for-iraqi-border.

      Regardless of which scenario is true, the U.S. gave NO warning to Russia (or Syria) before bombing Assad’s anti-IS/Daesh fighters, who were 50 kilometers away from U.S. soldiers & U.S.-backed ‘moderate terrorists’ operating illegally in Syria — a violation of Syria sovereignty, the UN charter and international law.

  3. nawlins  May 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Wjabbe, There is just as much a chance of that as for the same happening to the crews of those apache gunships which gunned down all those people, and the passerbys, and the rescuers. That crime was caught on camera and released to the public. So what happened? the killers went free and the leaker went to jail for 7 years.

    This is a lose lose proposition, like so many over there. The only way to stop the attacks is to blow those fighters out of the sky, something washington is actually praying for. This would give them the excuse they need to go in full bore. So, let your people die or start WWIII with Russia, because they are the only ones with the ability to stop the attacks, and thus be drawn into the war washington is lusting for.

  4. Khalid Talaat  May 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Wajabbe… don’t be upset, so what if they bag a few ragheads.

  5. wjabbe  May 19, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I urge the VT editors to find out the names of the U.S. pilots of these planes who are murderers and destroyers of property and name them, with their home addresses and details of what schools they graduated from. They should also be arrested by the UN and brought before an International tribunal and charged with murder of innocent civilians and destruction of property. These thugs are no better than the IDF sergeant who murdered the injured Palestinian last year but received a slap on the wrist for his cowardly act. These pilots are not to be respected but are nothing but cowards killing innocent civilians. Russia should shoot down these planes and fire missiles and destroy every illegal U.S. invader over there including that liar Mattis. It looks like we have criminal descendants of plundering murderers Sherman and Grant doing the same raping, plundering and destroying they did to the South about a century and a half ago. America is a shameful disgrace today. It needs to be taught a rude lesson pronto. Every member of our military is an aider and abettor of these crimes. Boycott out military today. Do not participate in any way shape or form these Trump-Crimes on innocent civilians.

    • wjabbe  May 19, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Every member of our totally corrupt military today: How would you like to have your family and loved ones killed by these murdering thugs in U.S. warplanes over there? Think about this if you have a functioning brain. Hey Mattis: How about putting your family and loved ones over there and murdering them this way? What kind of a worthless piece of garbage are you any way?

  6. zman  May 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I must have missed the creation of this ‘de-escalation zone’. Elsewhere, I read that the US declared this as such after attacking the the SAA. How convenient. Who gave them permission to cordon off a chunk of Syria? Syria needs to speed up their mission to take Deir Ezzor. This is the objective of this western criminal army. The Syrians need to heed the advice of the Russians and reinvigorate Deir Ezzor, so that they can then have air support for coming operations with Iraqi PMU. The US desperately wants to prevent this. With Deir Ezzor on line, they will be able to split western militants and neutralize US efforts to cut Syria up. Instead of attacking Al Tanf forces, set up an ambush in every direction they might advance. Then use Syrian AF to attack them when they move. Bringing in a couple S-400 batteries would be a nice touch. Make them come to the Syrian defenses.

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