The genuine aim behind the US-led attack on Syria was to "allow terrorists to rest, restore their forces and extend bloodshed", the ministry said, referring to the fact that the strike was carried out "at the time when Syrian troops were further taking a successful offensive against Daesh*, al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups". It will provide the proofs that the actions by the United States and its allies, which joined this awful action, are illegal.
The pretext of the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Douma for the Western missile strikes is "speculative", the statement reads.
And The Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria reportedly examined Douma on Monday and found no traces of chemical weapons. A strike was carried out on the capital of a sovereign state, which for many years has been trying to survive under the threat of terror, ' Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said. If the OPCW knows, then the Americans know this too, the minister added.
"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future", she wrote.
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Russian Federation and the United States are using their channels of communications on Syria, according to Lavrov. The Russians accused the White Helmets and "other pseudo-humanitarian organizations headquartered in the United Kingdom and U.S." of working "hand in glove with terrorists" to provoke military action against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", says a statement from Mr Antonov published on RT.
The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work.
"Not one of the cruise missiles released by the USA and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of Russian air defences protecting facilities in Tartus and Hmeimim", the ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to the locations of Russia's naval and air bases.