U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea which U.S. Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. Ford Williams/Courtesy U.S. Navy

(TASS) Washington’s use of force in Syria is a serious threat both to regional and international security, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

The Russian diplomat noted that the situation in Syria had aggravated sharply after the US missile strike overnight to April 7.

“Unfortunately, anti-Russian forces in the West are not stopping in their desire to destroy positive undertakings on the way towards political settlement, which, as you know, were created largely thanks to the efforts by Russia and its partners in the Astana process, and also by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and his team in Geneva,” the Russian diplomat said.

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“The military and political situation in the country sharply deteriorated as a result of the US massive strike on the Shayrat airfield overnight to April 7,” the diplomat said.

“Washington’s military actions are a serious challenge not only to regional, but also to international security. Unfortunately, anti-Russian forces in the West continue seeking to destroy positive endeavors towards the settlement,” she said.

“We proceed from the understanding that we have already expressed our opinion of the April 7 events. It was aggression from the standpoint of international law. The settlement efforts will now be continued at a meeting with the US Secretary of State. A Russia-Syria-Iran meeting is due on April 14. The main focus of efforts in Syria should be on returning the situation back onto the track of collective struggle against terrorism and on stimulating processes in Astana and Geneva.”

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http://tass.com/politics/940951

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