Russia: US airstrike hinders 'struggle against international terrorism' - Zakharova

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Published on 7 Apr 2017, 12:15
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that a US airstrike on Syria’s Shayrat Airbase hinders “the collective struggle against international terrorism,” speaking at a press conference in Moscow on Friday.

Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Russian): "These actions are not right, they are not grounded. In our opinion they have absolutely no obvious political basis. We have repeatedly said, stressed at all levels, that unfortunately every year the international landscape is increasingly influenced by political conjecture and Washington’s political outlook. After a fierce election campaign in the US, Washington's external political strategy was never properly formed."

Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Russian): "Such a self-affirming act, that is absolutely illogical, not thought-through and senseless from the point of view of the struggle against international terrorism is dangerous. It is dangerous because it goes against the collective struggle against international terrorism, which is a global threat in modern times. Sooner or later it will absolutely happen. There is awareness of pernicious activity and a similar strategy will almost certainly arise. And, without the possibility of collective joint efforts by all members of the international community, within an international legal framework, to counteract international terrorism - a collective effort to prevent its spread - sooner or later we will be made aware.”


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