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Russia Regrets US Ignoring Russian Initiative to Launch Major Idlib Attack Probe

Sputnik News

13:00 07.04.2017(updated 13:05 07.04.2017)

Russia regrets the fact that the United States ignored its initiative to launch a large-scale investigation into this week's deadly chemical attack in Idlib, Syria, the Kremlin said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters "we have no reason to doubt" the Russian military's objective air situation data.

"In any case, no matter how our partners treat these data, we also regret that they completely ignored our initiative to launch a large-scale international investigation of what happened near Idlib," Peskov said.

On Thursday night, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Homs. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on the Syrian government.

Russia described the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state.

Following the US military action, Russia decided to suspend its memorandum of understanding on air safety over Syria with the United States, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.


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