April 7, 2017 / 5:11 PM / 2 years ago

Russia says U.S. strike 'illegitimate,' attempt to distract from Iraq

Russia's deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov listens to remarks during the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, U.S. April 7, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, condemned on Friday “illegitimate” U.S. strikes in Syria and said the consequences for regional and international stability could be extremely serious.

He described the U.S. strike - over a deadly toxic gas attack - as “attempt to distract attention from the many victims amongst the peaceful population in Iraq and Syria caused by unilateral actions.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols

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