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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the tripartite aggression on Syria won’t be left unanswered, as Washington, London and Paris have unleashed scores of missiles on civilian and military facilities in the Arab country in response to an alleged gas attack in Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
“There would be consequences. We lose basically the last remnants of trust to our Western friends,” Lavrov told the BBC broadcaster.
“They punish first in Douma, in Syria, and then they wait for the inspectors of the OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] to visit the place to inspect. Proof by punishment is what is being applied by the troika of Western countries,” Lavrov added.
Early Saturday morning, the United States, the United Kingdom and France unleashed scores of missiles on civilian and military facilities in Syria in response to an alleged gas attack in Douma, which the West blamed on Bashar Assad’s government. Damascus and Moscow previously rejected the chemical attack accusations, saying the whole thing may have been fabricated.
Russia and Syria have also called on the international community for an independent investigation. The missile strikes occurred on the same day that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Damascus to investigate the claims.
The international community has voiced concerns about the use of chemical weapons inside of Syria since the alleged use of sarin gas in Damascus in 2013. Following the incident, Syria joined the OPCW and agreed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal. In January 2016, the OPCW issued a statement confirming that the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons had been completed.