Assad of Syria says Russian Lawmakers Western’ attacks were act of antagonism

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Syria President Bashar al-Assad said to a group of Russian legislators on Sunday that Western missile attacks on his country were a move of antagonism.

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The conference followed missile strikes by the United States, France, and Britain over Syrian government targets over a suspected poison gas strike a week ago.

Russia, which is supporting Assad combat rebels and militants opposed to his rule, instantly condemned the strikes and asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

“From the point of view of the president, this was aggression and we share this position,” Russia’s TASS press agency quoted lawmaker Sergei Zheleznyak for saying right after the meeting with Assad in the Syrian capital Damascus.

The president remained in a “good mood” and going on his operate in Damascus, agencies cited the lawmakers as saying, and praised the Soviet-era air defense systems Syria used to assist to repel the Western encounters.

“The tripartite aggression against Syria followed a campaign of disinformation,” Assad’s office quoted him as expressing on Sunday. Moscow and Damascus are “waging one battle, not only against terrorism” but also to shield the supreme power of states, he said to the Russian officials.

Both of these countries have rejected the reports of the alleged gas attack as fake, charging Washington of making use of it as a pretext for the strikes.

Senior Russian military authorities said on Saturday that Syria’s air defenses, in which mostly include systems produced in the previous Soviet Union, had obstructed 71 of the 105 American, British as well as French missiles.

The Pentagon has stated the strikes successfully struck the three chemical weapons facilities that were aimed at.

“Yesterday we saw American aggression. And we managed to repel it with Soviet missiles from the 70s,” Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin quoted Assad as saying, TASS  mentioned.

Sabin also said Assad received an invitation to go to the Siberian region of Khanty-Mansi in Russia. unclear when the visit would take place.

Russia stated on Saturday this would look at supplying S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria complying with the Western strikes, but this was actually not covered at the meeting with Assad, agencies reported.

Assad also refused to talk about calls by the U.S. State Department to profess alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical firearms, Zheleznyak said.

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