WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States believes it correctly notified Russia forward of its airstrikes in Syria with out compromising the safety of the mission, Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby responded on Friday to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s criticism of the US short-term warning concerning the assault.
“Without getting into the details, it shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody that we are going to do what we have to do to notify, but we also going to do what we have to do to protect our forces, in this particular case the air forces that were conducting this strike. There is a matter of operational security that we take very seriously,” Kirby stated throughout a press briefing.
Lavrov stated earlier that the warning by means of the deconfliction channel got here 4 or 5 minutes forward of the assault of two US F-15 fighter jets on the infrastructure of Iranian-backed militias in japanese Syria. The strike got here in retaliation for Iran’s rocket assault on the Erbil Air Base in Iraq.
“We did what we believe was a proper amount of notification,” Kirby stated, including that he’s grateful to Lavrov for his willingness to verify that the notification was served.
Lavrov additionally stated the US presence in Syria is illegitimate and violates all norms of worldwide legislation.