Shoigu says missile strikes in Syria have re-escalated tensions

By Monitoring Desk
Saturday – April 21, 2018
MOSCOW (Russia): On Friday, Russian defence minister, army general, Sergei Shoigu had a meeting with United Nations (UN) special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, whereat Shoigu protested, “It is to be stressed that missile strikes against Syria were delivered at a time when normalisation of the situation was becoming inevitable.”

According to an official statement, the missile strikes did not promote stability in Syria, he added and held that they have badly affected the settling of the conflict in Syria and protested that fruitful steps made to promote peace in Syria have now gone in waste.

Shoigu reminded Mistura that joint efforts were expended in Sochi in order to form a constitutional commission as well as in Astana to establish a political dialogue between all opposing sides in Syria, certainly, except for Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

Mistura responded that the UN was looking forward to reduction of military and political tensions and mentioned, “I would like to know your assessment and thoughts about decreasing potential for the conflict in military and political fields in Syria.”

He mentioned, “Last week was rather difficult, quite dangerous events unfolded” hoping “We hope that we still have the opportunity to reduce the high military level of conflict and political tensions in Syria.”

Mistura pleaded that a solution to the crisis that has now re-escalated in Syria must be found.

Shoigu expressed his gratitude to Mistura for arriving in Moscow.