US strike on Syria gave Daesh terrorists free rein: Russia PM

The Russian prime minister has denounced Washington’s missile attack on a Syrian military airbase earlier this month, saying the strike gave the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group free rein to continue its terror campaign.

Dmitry Medvedev made the remarks in an address to the State Duma, the lower house of the parliament, in Moscow on Wednesday.

He stressed that the April 7 US missile strike against Shayrat Airfield in Syria’s Homs province was “an act of military aggression” as it was not authorized by the United Nations and violated international law.

“We do not know what may happen next. But I know for sure who benefited from this act of aggression — Daesh, because [the attack] gave them [terrorists] a free rein,” he said.

The Russian premier further accused the US administration of fighting the Damascus government instead of terrorism.

“Whether Americans like it or not, … that (the Syrian leadership) is a legal political power,” he added.