U.S. Gave Russia Only A Few Minutes’ Warning Before Launching An Airstrike In Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Afghanistan’s foreign minister in Moscow, Feb. 26, 2021. (Russian Foreign Ministry/REUTERS)
Washington Post: Russia says U.S. gave only a few minutes’ warning before strike in Syria
MOSCOW — Russia was given about four to five minutes warning of the Biden administration’s first military action when it struck Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria early Friday, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
But he said the warning came too late to reduce the risk of a potential clash between the two country’s forces.
U.S. officials believe the attack killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling the administration’s intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran.
Update #1: Russia Officials Outraged at Joe Biden Syria Strike As Iran Remains Silent (Newsweek) Update #2: Russia Slams ‘Outrageous’ U.S. Airstrikes in Syria (Moscow Times)
WNU Editor: Israel was also notified in advance that the U.S. was launching an airstrike in Syria …. U.S. notified Israel in advance about Syria strike (Axios).
Update #3: Russia believes the Biden administration has a plan to stay permanently in Syria …. Lavrov: Russia Has Information that US Plans to Stay in Syria Forever, Destroy the Country (Sputnik).
Update #4: Syria has condemned this U.S. airstrike …. Syria Strongly Slams 'Cowardly' US Airstrike, Warns Such Move Will Escalate Tensions (Sputnik).Original Article

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