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US strike undermines possibility of anti-terror cooperation with Russia in Syria — MP

A Russian lawmaker believes US attack on Syria air base indicates plans to overthrow Assad

MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. The US missile strike on the military base in Syria’s Homs province undermines the possibility of counterterrorism cooperation with Russia in Syria, Leonid Slutsky, head of Russia’s State Duma International Affairs Committee, told reporters on Friday.

"We cannot fail to note that the US move significantly undermines the opportunity of counterterrorism cooperation with Russia and efforts aimed at achieving a ceasefire," Slutsky said. "All that will undoubtedly adversely affect the Russian-American dialogue in general," he said.

"The United States’ actions show that it is ready to do whatever it takes to topple Assad’s regime despite Washington’s recent statement saying that only the Syrian people will decide Assad’s future," Slutsky stressed.

At the same time, in his words, "the US, as usual, is acting based on double standards, using force while there is no solid evidence, and turning a blind eye to the fact that terrorists used chemical weapons in Iraq’s Mosul a few weeks ago." "We all remember well Colin Powell’s address to the United Nations in February 2003 which led to the military intervention in Iraq. But it seems that the US hasn’t learned the lesson of the Iraqi campaign, though no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. So the methods of the US political circles do not change," the Russian lawmaker concluded.