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Russia says US airstrike on Syria damages peace process

/ 05:03 PM April 26, 2017
Walid Muallem - Sergei Lavrov - Javad Zarif - news conference - 14 April 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (center) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (left) greet each other after a shared news conference following their talks focused on Syria in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 14, 2017. Russia, Syria and Iran have strongly warned the United States against launching new strikes on Syria. (Photo by PAVEL GOLOVKIN / AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the airstrike that the United States launched at a Syrian military base earlier this month damages the prospects of a political settlement for the war-torn country.

The airstrike was in response to a chemical weapons attack on April 4 on a northern Syrian town that Washington blamed on the Syrian government.

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Lavrov told a security conference on Wednesday the attack as a pretext for a regime change in Syria and said the US response “pushes the prospect for a wide international front on terror even further away.”

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier on Wednesday Russia had to boost security measures at its air base in Syria after the airstrike. Russia has provided an air cover for the government’s offensive on Islamic State militants.

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