Lavrov says US warned Russia minutes before air strike on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the United States had warned Russia about the impending air strike on Syria in five minutes, RIA Novosti reports.

“Our military was warned four or five minutes in advance. Of course, even if we talk about deconflicting, as is customary in relations between Russian and American servicemen, nothing gives this kind of notification when a blow is already being struck”, – Lavrov said at a press conference.

He also recalled that the United States is in Syria illegally, violating all norms of international law, including the UN Security Council resolution on resolving the situation in the country.

Earlier it was reported that the United States, at the direction of American President Joe Biden, launched airstrikes on the infrastructure used by pro-Iranian armed groups in eastern Syria. According to media reports, 17 people were killed in the airstrikes.

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