Russia Condemns US-Led Airstrikes

17 April, 2018, 04:18 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Russian Foreign Minister

The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites.

Russian Federation on Saturday (Apr 14) called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following US-led strikes.

The joint statement said "multiple sources" - including private and public sector cyber security research organisations and allies - had reported such activity to the United States and United Kingdom governments.

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike in Syria. Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

Two days ago U.S. President Donald Trump warned that missiles "will be coming" in response to the gas attack on Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month.

President Trump told reporters today that decisions about possible USA military action will "be made fairly soon".

Britain's May told parliament the decision to conduct air strikes against Syria was in the British national interest and not as a result of pressure from Trump.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed.

It was "shameful" that a lack of accountability for the April 2017 attack on Khan Sheikhun "can only have reassured the Syrian regime that the worldwide community was not serious in its stated commitment to uphold the norm against chemical weapons use", he added.

Monday: Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council "there was no chemical attack" over the previous weekend.

"We did not coordinate targets or any planning with the Russians", Dunford said later, speaking at a press briefing alongside Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

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Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the US and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

Mr Joyce said: "When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other nation state actors, we are going to push back". "If we continue on this path, we will soon reach the diplomacy of the absurd".

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to a confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East but there was no clear sign that a US-led attack was imminent.

The world must provide a "robust, united and steadfast response", he said.

Tuesday: Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council that images and videos of children foaming at the mouth and dying were fake.

According to a statement of the French presidency, Macron calls for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

Britain's embassy to the Netherlands said Assad's regime and its top ally had not yet allowed a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to enter the site of last Saturday's massacre in Eastern Ghouta.

Russian Federation had "refused" supplying those missiles to Syria a few years ago, he added, "taking into account the pressing request of some of our Western partners".

Nebenzia responded saying the environment is "not very conducive for any rapprochement" and "the political and risky military situation we are in now" must be sorted out first.

SIMON: Charles, remind us, again, what is the Russian interest in Syria?

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the Security Council meeting without referring to either Russian Federation or the United States, but stressed his deep concern that the growing tensions could spiral into broad conflict.

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