Moscow says U.S. gave Russia several minutes of warning before Syria strike - RIA

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar in Moscow, Russia February 26, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the United States gave Russia several minutes of advance warning before it carried out a strike in Syria, a timeframe he described as inadequate, the RIA news agency reported.

Lavrov also called on the United States to renew contacts with Moscow over Syria to clarify U.S President Joe Biden’s position on Syria, the Interfax news agency reported.

Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military air strikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams