Syrian Foreign Ministry condemns U.S. air strikes on Deir ez-Zor province

Syria strongly condemns the U.S. airstrikes on the province of Deir ez-Zor adjacent to Iraq. It was reported by the SANA news agency on February 26, quoting the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

Such actions are a sign of the policy of the new US administration, which should adhere to international legality, not the laws of the jungle, the Syrian foreign ministry said.

“The U.S. Air Force attacks violate international legality and will lead to an escalation of tensions in the Middle East,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry added that the U.S. aggression coincided with the presence in Damascus of United Nations Secretary-General’s special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen and signaled Washington’s disregard for the role of international legitimacy in resolving the crisis in the Arab republic.

Earlier on Friday, Russia condemned the U.S. airstrike on targets in Syria and called on the U.S. administration to respect the sovereignty of the SAR.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that the Russian military was warned by the U.S. side a couple of minutes before the impending airstrike. He also stated Russia’s intention to find out the U.S. plans for a U.S. presence in the Syrian Arab Republic. According to the Minister, Moscow hears various reports about the decisions not to leave the country at all, but cannot confirm their authenticity without interaction with Washington.