Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that illegal US airstrikes in Syria will not go ignored or unpunished by Russia.
As the US continue to strike pro-government militias in Syria, killing hundreds of Syrian troops in the process, Russia have reminded the UN that the US presence in Syria is “actually illegal.”
“Nobody invited them there,” Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the UN Security Council on Thursday.
Rt.com reports: On Wednesday, the US-led coalition said it carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir Ez-Zor province in retaliation for what they described as an “unprovoked” attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers.”
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian militia unit was advancing against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists near the former oil processing plant of al-Isba, when it suddenly came under massive air strikes. At least 25 militiamen were injured in the attack, the Russian MoD noted, clarifying that pro-government troops targeted by the coalition did not coordinate their operation with the Russian command.