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Moldovan leader alarmed by strikes on Syria

On April 14, warplanes and warships of the US, the UK and France carried out missile strikes on Syria

CHISINAU, April 16. /TASS/. Moldovan President Igor Dodon is concerned about escalation of tensions in Syria and has called for this conflict to be tackled politically, he said in an interview with TASS, commenting on the US and its allies’ strikes on Syria.

"Moldova opposes the use of banned types of mass destruction weapons and recently supported the establishment of an international mission that will carry out an independent investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. The US, France and the UK had carried out strikes before this investigation could be carried out, which again demonstrated the precedence of might makes right," Dodon noted.

The Moldovan president believes that Syria’s rising tensions "may hamper not just the work of the mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that started the process of peacefully settling this country’s longstanding war, but may also lead to an interstate military conflict that may spiral out of control and spill over beyond its borders."

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, warplanes and warships of the US, the UK and France carried out missile strikes on military and civil infrastructure facilities in Syria on Saturday from 03:42 to 05:10 Moscow time. Syria’s air defenses managed to shoot down 71 out of 103 cruise missiles, the ministry reported. Washington, London and Paris earlier stated that the strikes are a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma.

Representatives from the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Opposing Sides examined Douma on April 9, but found no traces of the use of chemical weapons there. Russian agencies repeatedly warned of provocation plots and a staged use of chemical weapons to be blamed on Damascus that were being prepared in various Syrian regions.