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Russia Says US Airstrike on Syria Damages Peace Process

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the airstrike that the United States launched at a Syrian military base earlier this month damaged 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 baselessly blamed on the Syrian government.

Lavrov told a security conference Wednesday the attack was 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”, AP reported.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier 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 Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.

On April 7, US warships deployed to the eastern Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat Airfield, near the western Syrian city of Homs.

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