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Russia, Iraq Call for UN Security Council Meeting To Denounce U.S. Air Strikes in Syria and Iraq

Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN [Dmitry Polyanskiy]( /838) reported yesterday that Russia has asked for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the U.S. strikes against Syria and Iraq. “We have just asked to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, due to the threats to peace and security sparked by the U.S. strikes on Iraq and Syria. This month’s Guyanese presidency is planning to schedule it for February 5 at 4:00 p.m. New York Time,” he wrote on his Telegram channel, reported TASS.

Russia also denounced the violation of sovereignty involved in the strikes. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted the U.S. Friday night strikes on Iraq and Syria in a Feb. 3 statement which charged the attacks “destroyed and damaged dozens of facilities and killed numerous civilians [and] has once again demonstrated to the world the aggressive nature of U.S. policy in the Middle East and Washington’s total disregard for international law.”

Zakharova continued: “It is clear that the airstrikes were specifically intended to further escalate the conflict. By relentlessly attacking the facilities of allegedly pro-Iranian groups in Iraq and Syria, the United States has been purposefully attempting to draw the largest countries in the region into the conflict….

“The attempts to flex their muscles in order to influence the political situation in the United States, as well as their desperation to salvage the failed international policies of the current U.S. administration in the context of the ongoing election campaign are leading to a further escalation of international tensions and further undermining U.S. credibility in the Arab world.”

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