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Russian lawmaker: US strike on Syria may repeat situation in Belgrade in spring 1999

September 09, 2013, 15:28 UTC+3
"Even if strikes last for several days, they can be considered massive," State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Mitya Aleshkovsky

Photo ITAR-TASS/Mitya Aleshkovsky

MOSCOW, September 9 (Itar-Tass) - The US strike on Syria can repeat the situation in Belgrade in the spring 1999, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said on Monday.

“Even if strikes last for several days, they can be considered massive. Their task is to put out of order all military and civil facilities control systems and command posts,” the lawmaker said.

“We cannot admit the 1999 Belgrade spring repeat,” Pushkov said.

“Strikes can be delivered on the international airport in Damascus, military bases, key runaways, air defense facilities and the areas where the Syrian armed forces are deployed,” he said, adding, “It is rather strange to say this will be a limited strike. It’s hypocritical to give a certain message to (Syrian President Bashar) al-Assad.”

“It is evident that the goal of the operation is to weaken the Syrian government in order to allow it to conduct military actions,” the Duma lawmaker said.

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