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Diplomat says US has no justification to strike Syria

Логотип TASS TASS 03.07.2017 TASS

MOSCOW, July 3. /TASS/. The US administration does not have any moral or political grounds to deliver a strike on Syria, the Arab Republic’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters in Damascus on Monday.

The Syrian government "has not taken any steps, which could justify a new US aggressive move," the diplomat said, according to the state television.

"I’m authorized to say that Syria has fully eliminated chemical weapons, which could be used in military operations," Mekdad stressed. Syria’s authorities "honestly adhered to their commitments before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and did not hide any storage facility from its experts."

The Syrian deputy foreign minister said the West’s new accusations against Damascus come as "the latest situation on the frontlines has been favorable for the government forces." "Those, who are behind the terrorist plot against Syria and act in the interests of dominance of the US and Israel in the Middle East, dislike this," he noted.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow would adequately respond to possible US provocations regarding the Syrian army, but expected Washington not to use any covert intelligence information to create a pretext for a new strike on the Syrian government forces.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement last Monday that the United States had identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime. Syria’s government denied these allegations.

ITAR-TASS

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