Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary to the Russian President, said that the Kremlin knows nothing about the statement of the joint command center of Russia, Iran and Shiite militia groups supporting Bashar al-Assad’s regime and about readiness to use force against “any aggressor”, Nastoyashchee Vremya reports.
Yesterday this statement was spread by Reuters, citing a statement published on Ilam al Harbi (War Media) news outlet.
“The aggression shown by America against Syria crossed red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggression and to any crossing of the red lines by anyone, and America knows our ability to respond well,” the report states.
When asked to comment on this statement, Peskov said that “It is unknown to us. We cannot confirm it”. He added that he does not understand “where these anonymous sources were taken from”.
This statement was published by the news agency against the backdrop of negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Both leaders said that the US’s aggressive actions against Syria are unacceptable and violate international law, and also called for an objective investigation of the chemical attack in the Idlib province. The US attributes responsibility for this attack to Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
On the night of April 7, the US military attacked a Syrian state military airbase in Western Syria with dozens of Tomahawk missiles. This was in response to the attack on the city of Khan Sheikhoun, which the US accuses Assad’s regime of committing. Washington’s allies in NATO and in the region expressed support for the US’s action in Syria. Russia called it an act of aggression.