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RUSSIA ASSURES NO MORE U.S. STRIKES ON SYRIAN ARMY POSITIONS: SYRIAN OFFICIAL

DAMASCUS, Syria, Apr 20 (NNN-XINHUA) - Syria's presidential adviser, Buthaina Shaba'an, said that, her government's main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that, there will be no more U.S. strikes on Syrian military positions.

Her remarks came, a couple of weeks after the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat Air Base in central Syria, in retaliation for an alleged toxic gas attack by the Syrian army, on a rebel-held town in Idlib province.

The Russians "stressed to us that they are standing by Syria, and we understood from them that the American aggression will not be repeated," Shaba'an told pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV, in an interview.

Further slamming the strike, Shaba'an said, the U.S. missile strike was a "reckless aggression that took place without investigation," adding that, what the United States is doing today reflects "confusion."

The official said, the alleged chemical attack was a setup, citing what she described as, western specialists as saying that, there was no aerial bombardment on the targeted area in the Khan Sheikhoun town.

Shaba'an said, the U.S. strike wasn't a military, but a political message, adding that, the alliance between Russia, Syria and Iran is "stronger than ever."

Meanwhile, the presidential adviser said, the United States is in a state of declination, while Russia, China and India are rising high.

She said, her country was expecting an investigation team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stressing that, the Syrian government is in no possession of chemical weapons.-- NNN-XINHUA

Source: NAM News Network