Syria: 'US-led Coalition Attacked its Positions' - Russia: 'Absolutely Unacceptable'

The US-led coalition delivered an air strike on Thursday on the Syrian army’s positions on the al-Tanf road in the Homs province, the news agency SANA quoted the Syrian command as saying on Friday.

"The Syrian Arab Army is the sole legitimate force fighting terrorist groupings on the territory of Syria with the support of its allies and no party whatsoever has the right to limit the scope of its military operations," the statement says.

According to the statement, "the aggression of the so-called anti-terror coalition won’t be able to make the Syrian army give up the performance of its sacred duty."

As the US-led coalition headquarters reported, the aircraft struck pro-Syrian government forces operating within the established de-escalation zone northwest of al-Tanf. The statement claimed that these units posed a threat to the United States and its partners.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov said that latest US-led coalition airstrike in Syria affects the political settlement process.

"Any military actions entailing the aggravation of the situation in Syria certainly influence the course of the political process, especially such actions that were committed against the Syrian armed forces," Gatilov said.

He noted that the potentially deadly coalition strike near the southern town of At Tanf, announced on Thursday, is "absolutely unacceptable" and in "violation of Syria's sovereignty."

"This was not an operation against the Daesh [Daesh jiahdist group banned in Russia] or the Nusra Front," Gatilov said.

DONi News Agency

According to: TASS, Sputnik