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 US aggressive actions in Syria hamper political settlement, Russia's Lavrov says

U.S. missile attack on a Syrian government airfield has affected efforts to find a political settlement, and it may have been done on purpose.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Senegalese counterpart Mankeur Ndiaye on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

The sides discussed the growing terrorist threat on the African continent and in the world in general.

"We again stated the need to consolidate efforts of the entire international community in the fight against this universal evil, as Russian President Vladimir Putin said some 18 months ago addressing the U.N. General Assembly," Lavrov said.

He stressed that all steps should be taken on the basis of the international law and the United Nations Charter.

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"In this context, we discussed the illegal and aggressive steps of U.S. aviation when the strikes on an airbase in Syria were carried out, which only exacerbated the situation and hindered, maybe on purpose, the search for political settlement," the Russian foreign minister added.

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On April 7, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase following a chemical airstrike in the province of Idlib blamed on President Assad.

Following the attack, Trump called on all civilized countries to join the U.S. in its effort to put an end to the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria. The Kremlin called the U.S. missile strike against the Syrian government airfield an act of aggression against a sovereign state and violation of international law. Russia's stance was backed by Iran, while Trump's decision was applauded by Israel, Britain, Australia and Turkey.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking at the G7 summit, said Russia must choose whether to side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
 
 
 
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