Lavrov: US strike on Syria aimed at destroying settlement, changing regime

Lavrov: US strike on Syria aimed at destroying settlement, changing regime

Russia accused the United States of seeking to “destroy the political settlement in the Syrian crisis” in wake of its strike on a Syrian airbase last week, Asharq Al-awsat reports.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed skepticism about a preliminary investigation conducted by the UN’s chemical weapons watchdog. He alleged that its experts failed to visit the site.

Moscow has warned against putting the blame on Damascus until an independent inquiry is conducted and vetoed a proposed UN resolution on the attack, saying it failed to mention the need to inspect the affected area.

In Russia’s view, the probe conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be widened to include experts from many nations, he said.

“If our US colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group,” Lavrov added. “The investigation into this high-profile incident must be transparent and leave no doubt that someone is trying to hide something.”

Lavrov said the US strike on the Syrian base has undermined peace efforts in Syria and reflected Washington’s focus on ousting the Syrian regime.

“Such attempts won’t succeed,” he said.

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