Putin says strikes without UNSC mandate ‘violation of International Law, act of aggression’

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The United States and its allies struck civil and military facilities in Syria, violating the UN Charter and international law, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, responding to the American-French-British intervention in Syria.

The military action by US led alliance is a response to an apparent chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people earlier this month.

Washington launched “an aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism,” Putin said in another statement.

Putin stressed that the multi-national strikes were not sanctioned by the UN Security Council, and were carried out “in violation of the UN Charter and principles of international law.”

The Russian ambassador to the US also lashed out against the US-led coalition campaign against suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

“The worst apprehensions have true,” ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement. “Our warnings have been left unheard. A pre-designed scenario is being implemented.”

Russia’s ambassador to the US warned of “consequences”, while a high-ranking Russian politician compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.


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