Russia says U.S. Syria strike unacceptable violation of sovereignty

Peace and Freedom

Reuters

Fri May 19, 2017 | 6:52am EDT

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday that a U.S. military strike the previous day against militia supported by the Syrian government was an unacceptable violation of Syria’s sovereignty, Russian news agencies reported.

Russian deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov speaks to members of the security council during a meeting on nonproliferation of North Korea at United Nations on April 28, 2017 in New York City

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov. Credit Eduardo Munoz Alvarez | Getty Images

Gatilov, who was speaking in Geneva, was cited as saying that the U.S. strike would hamper efforts to find a political solution to the conflict there.

“Any military action leading to an escalation of the situation in Syria has an impact on the political process,” agencies quoted him as saying. “It (Thursday’s strike) is utterly unacceptable and a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

U.S. officials told Reuters that the U.S. military carried out the air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S. and U.S.-backed Syrian fighters…

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