Missile attacks on Syria aiming to hinder OPCW probe into 'Chem Attack'

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any USA attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

The Israeli strike was reportedly coordinated with the USA but not with Russian Federation, despite the two countries having established a military hotline meant to avoid conflicts of interest and clashes in Syria operations.

Syrian forces used Soviet-era air defense systems and fired 112 surface-to-air missiles to repel the USA -led strikes, destroying 71 out of the 103 missiles launched by the Western coalition last week, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

"There were military leadership contacts between generals, between our representatives and the coalition leadership", Lavrov told state news agency RIA.

Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, denied that a chemical attack took place.

Lavrov criticised the US-led missile strikes on Syria last week as they undermined the Geneva talks for the Syrian settlement under the auspices of the United Nations at a time when Russia, Turkey and Iran very closely approached the resumption of the Geneva process. "And the results show that they did not cross these red lines".

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Russia's daily "Kommersant" newspaper reported earlier on Monday that Russian Federation might start supplying S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future. "Now, we have no moral obligations", Lavrov commented.

A Russian army commander has also said that Moscow would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following US -led strikes. We had the moral obligations, we had promised not to do it some 10 years ago, I think, upon the request of our known partners. He repeated it on April 20 for RIA News, claiming that Russian Federation "has no moral obligations" after the missile strike on Syria launched by the United States and allies.

"We took into consideration their claim that this could destabilise the situation". Even though it's purely defensive.

Lavrov said he was confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump would not allow tensions in Syria to escalate into all-out war.

"They are the leaders who were elected by their peoples and they are responsible for peace and calm".

"I will only remind you once again of the statement made by [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin after a missile strike was delivered on a sovereign country in violation of the foundations of worldwide law", Peskov told reporters when asked about the growing complexity of the global situation and Russia's relations with other countries in connection with the possible supply of S-300 systems to Syria.