0425 GMT January 19, 2019
The US presence in Syria is “actually illegal,” the Russian ambassador to the UN reminded his Western counterparts on Thursday at a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council, RT wrote.
“Nobody invited them there,” Vasily Nebenzya said, emphasizing that a hard fight for stability in Syria is being jeopardized by US actions.
On Wednesday, the US-led coalition said it carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir ez-Zor Province in retaliation for what they described as an “unprovoked” attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers.”
The strikes killed an estimated 100 pro-government forces near the Euphrates river, according to the US.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian militia unit was advancing against a “sleeper cell” of Daesh terrorists near the former oil processing plant of Isba, when it suddenly came under massive airstrikes.
Damascus called the attack a “war crime,” while the Russian military asserted that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” in Syria.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova affirmed that the US military presence in Syria poses a dangerous threat to the political process and territorial integrity of the country, while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the strike another violation of Syria’s sovereignty by the US.