Russia Says It Told U.S. Where in Syria It Was Allowed to Bomb

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Russia's senior military officer Sergei Rudskoi appears below a map of Syria screened during a briefing at the Russian Defence Ministry headquarters in Moscow on April 14, following strikes by the U.S., Britain and France. Russia claims 71 coalition missiles were downed.PHOTO: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Moscow dictated where U.S., British and French forces were allowed to attack in the weekend’s air strikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Sky News reported.

Coalition forces destroyed three storage and production sites in response to an alleged April 7 chemical attack on civilians that killed at least 40 people in the rebel-held city of Douma, near Damascus.

Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, denied that a chemical attack took place. Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were trying to reach Douma to establish what happened but were struggling to gain access.

According to Lavrov, Russia had been in contact with the coalition in the days leading up to the attack, dictating its “red lines” beyond which air strikes would be considered unacceptable. Russian officials had previously warned that any attacks on Syrian territory would result in Russian retaliation.

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