RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – Russia warned the US-led coalition that crossing certain “red lines” in Syria would trigger retaliation, the Russian foreign minister told Sputnik.
Russia and the US-led international coalition were in contact at the military command level shortly before the strikes against Syria. Moscow has warned against strikes in some Syrian regions that would mean the crossing of “red lines,” Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik.
Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian armies, warned the international coalition, well before it carries out its strikes against Syria, that “if any military activities of the so-called coalition affect Russian servicemen” , the Russian side “will answer in a hard and clear way”, said Mr. Lavrov.
“Moreover, we will consider as legitimate targets not only the missiles themselves, but also their vectors. This has been said clearly and unequivocally,” he continued.
“Then there were contacts at the level of the military directorates and generals, between our representatives and the command of the American coalition. They were told where our “red lines” were, including the “red lines on the ground”, geographically,” the diplomat continued.
“And, in any case, the results show that they have not crossed these” red lines,” concluded the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
On the night of April 13 to 14, the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried strikes against Syria . Of 103 missiles fired, 71 have been intercepted by the Syrian DCA, informs the Russian Minister of Defense. The bombing was carried out under cover of an operation to eliminate alleged Syrian chemical weapons, following the chemical attack allegedly perpetrated on April 7 in Douma, near Damascus, according to Western countries.
According to the Russian Defense, Russian anti-aircraft defense forces deployed in Syria did not participate in the response to the strikes of the tripartite coalition. The Russian President described the attack as an act of aggression against a sovereign state.