Russia: airstrikes must be agreed with Syria

Foreign Ministry said any airstrikes against ISIL's positions on Syrian territory must be agreed with Damascus and otherwise will fuel tension in the region

Russia: airstrikes must be agreed with Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Russia criticised the U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIL's positions in Syria on Tuesday, saying they should have been agreed with its ally Damascus and would fuel tension in the region.

The United States, which has long called for the dismissal of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and several Gulf Arab allies carried out the first air and missile strikes on ISIL strongholds in Syria.

"Any such action can be carried out only in accordance with international law," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"That implies not a formal, one-sided 'notification' of airstrikes but the presence of explicit consent from the government of Syria or the approval of a corresponding U.N. Security Council decision."

Washington, which has also carried out airstrikes in Iraq that were agreed with Baghdad, has said it will not coordinate its plans with Damascus, which it accuses of using chemical weapons against rebels fighting to oust Assad since early 2011.

"Attempts to achieve one's own geopolitical goals in violation of the sovereignty of countries in the region only exacerbate tensions and further destabilise the situation," the ministry said.

The Western-backed Syrian opposition, which is fighting both Assad and ISIL, welcomed the airstrikes, which it said would help defeat Assad.

Meanwhile, NATO said on Tuesday it was not involved in U.S.-led strikes on ISIL targets in Syria.

"There is no NATO involvement," an alliance official said in response to a query from Reuters.

The United States and Arab allies hit ISIL targets including training camps, headquarters and weapon supplies in northern and eastern Syria in dozens of air and missile strikes on Tuesday, the U.S. military and a monitoring group said.

Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2014, 12:55
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