Fresh US-Led Coalition Strike in Syria Violates Int'l Law - Russia Deputy FM

© REUTERS / Hamad I MohammedA French Air Force F-16 receives fuel from a fuel boom suspended from a US Air Force KC-10 Extender during mid-air refueling support to Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria air space, March 15, 2017
A  French Air Force F-16 receives fuel from a fuel boom suspended from a US Air Force KC-10 Extender during mid-air refueling support to Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria air space, March 15, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov called recent US-led coalition airstrikes on pro-government forces in Syria "violation of international law."

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The fresh US-led coalition airstrikes on pro-government forces in Syria violate international law as Washington presents dubious arguments justifying the attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Wednesday.

"As on May 18, when the same region was struck, the current one was carried out in violation of international law, according to our estimates," Ryabkov told reporters.

He pointed out that "the motivations we hear from the central command of the US Armed Forces are, to put it mildly, questionable."

US Air Force B-1B bomber. (File) - Sputnik International
US Coalition Destroys Pro-Syrian Government Forces Within Deconfliction Zone
The pro-government Syrian forces that have been attacked by the US-led coalition posed no threat to the United States, according to Ryabkov.

"As far as we understand, those militarized structures on which the attack was carried out did not pose any military threat to the forces led by the US," Ryabkov told reporters.

The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that the US-led coalition has carried out a new strike on pro-Syrian government forces as they were entering a de-confliction zone near At Tanf.

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