US attack on Syria reminiscent of Iraq invasion: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Moscow will demand the truth about events in Idlib and hopes US airstrikes will not entail “irreversible effects,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

Lavrov also said the excuse for US missile attack was both far-fetched and reminiscent of that for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when it was claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

“It is an act of aggression under a completely far-fetched pretext,” the minister said. This is reminiscent of the situation in 2003, when the US and the UK, along with some of their allies, invaded Iraq.”.

Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said in a statement including footage of missiles being launched from the US Navy warships that US officials had notified their Russian counterparts in advance of the strike and that precautions had been taken to minimise risk to deployed Russian or Syrian staff.

A suspected chemical attack on Tuesday has killed at least 84 people according to the World Health Organisation, injuring 600.

The Syrian government has been accused of carrying out the attack, but has denied the accusation and said it had not and would not use chemical weapons.