April 14, 2018 / 4:40 AM / 2 months ago

Russian lawmaker: U.S. strikes on Syria violate international law

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria are a violation of international law and are likely meant to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work, a senior Russian lawmaker was quoted by Interfax as saying on Saturday.

The chairman of the international affairs committee of Russia’s upper house of parliament, Konstantin¬†Kosachev, described the air strikes as a groundless attack on a sovereign government, Interfax said.

“It’s also highly likely an attempt to create complications for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission which was just starting its work in Syria’s Douma, or an attempt to completely derail it,” Kosachev was quoted as saying.

None of the air strikes hit zones where Russian air defence systems protect the Russian bases of Tartus and Hmeimim, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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