WATCH Reported Footage of French Fighter Jets Taking Off to Bomb Syria
Décollage, cette nuit, des forces armées françaises qui interviennent contre l’arsenal chimique clandestin du régime syrien. Déclaration du Président de la République @EmmanuelMacron : https://t.co/HNSK0FmZIO pic.twitter.com/DEAW7R50aC
— Élysée (@Elysee) April 14, 2018
Le Drian assured that French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Russia will not be cancelled, since “it is necessary to continue dialogue with Russia.”
He stressed that there won’t be the second phase of strikes on Syria as their aim was reached. He added that the French armed forces actions were “legitimate, their objective was to put an end to rights violations,” noting that “they were not aimed at the Assad regime’s allies or civilians.”
The minister pointed out that France launched missiles into Syria to back up its words with action and in coordination with the United States and the United Kingdom after they accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its own people.
However, the Russian General Staff have not recorded French aviation’s participation in the attack, stressing that “Russian air defense systems at the Hmeymim and Tartus bases have timely found and controlled all the missile launches from naval and air vehicles of the US and Britain.”
Joint US, UK and French missile strikes were conducted early on Saturday at a number of targets in Syria. According to the country’s General Staff, three people were killed as a result of the Western attack.