United Nations rejects Russian attempt to condemn U.S. aggression in Syria
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 1:45
Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Russian military clash.
As tensions mounted over a face-off with Damascus-ally Russian Federation, opponents of unilateral United States action called an emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council for Thursday.
Mr Yakovenko also accused the United Kingdom of deliberately classifying documents to obfuscate investigations and denied Russian Federation had ever produced Novichok, the deadly nerve agent that Britain has named as the source, which has been backed by the OPCW as one of "high purity".
Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to convene a special Cabinet meeting to weigh whether Britain should join the United States and France in a possible military action.
"A perfectly executed strike", President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday in the aftermath of his second decision in two years to fire missiles against Syria.
Among the chief factors military planners must consider are air defenses in Syria, which were bolstered by Russia's decision to enter the war in 2015 and could pose a threat should the Pentagon employ manned aircraft in the attack.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis, striking a cautious tone after Trump's threat of missile strikes, said on Wednesday the US was still assessing intelligence about the suspected toxic gas attack.
Russian Federation backs Assad government in a brutal civil war, and has given it the upper military hand against rebels and opponents, some of which are supported by the United States.
Simultaneously, France's Leader Emmanuel Macron was quoted stating he has in his possession "proof" that "Syrian authorities targeted private citizens inside Douma using chemical substance weapons" recently. This is in contrast to an incident one year ago in which the USA government had video and other evidence of certain aspects of an actual attack by Syrian aircraft, which involved the use of sarin gas.
Haley spoke directly after Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia, who charged that the Saturday attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria, was faked by foreign intelligence services.
There were signs of a global effort to head off a direct confrontation between Russian Federation and the West.
Guterres said "the Cold War is back - with a vengeance but with a difference", because safeguards that managed the risk of escalation in the past "no longer seem to be present".
"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of worldwide relations", he added.
A global chemical warfare watchdog group said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma, where the apparent use of poison gas against civilians on April 7 that killed more than 40 people compelled the Western allies to launch their attack.
But he notably also said there was "no reason for this", reiterated his hope for talks with Putin to halt a new arms race, and blamed his domestic political opponents for poisoning ties.
Some analysts say the chemical attacks will continue unless Russian and Iran suffer consequences for supporting Assad's tactics.
As the administration prepares a counter response to the latest attack, which appeared to target civilians and young children, Mr. Trump warned in a tweet Wednesday morning that some sort of missile strike was forthcoming.
The Kremlin said a crisis communications link with the USA, created to avoid an accidental clash over Syria, was in use.
The allies struck three targets, according to General Dunford: A chemical weapons research centre in the area described as Greater Damascus, a storage facility and a storage facility that also housed a command post.
That incident, which killed hundreds, also took place in Eastern Ghouta.