Putin Warns of Global ‘Chaos’ if Syria Is Hit Again

Apr 24, 2018
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Speaking to the BBC, Johnson said what he described as the successful strikes on three sites in Syria were a message from the world that enough was enough, but acknowledged he could not say whether Assad still had chemical weapons.

Britain is bracing for the possibility of Russian retaliation in the wake of Saturday’s airstrikes on alleged chemical weapons sites in Syria.

President Donald Trump ordered the military strike early Saturday in coordination with France and Britain.

“We, of course, know that our work in Syria is not done”, Haley said on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace. Congress has provided no authority to wage war on Syria.

Former CIA Director John Brennan was among those who praised the action as “proportional and necessary to send a signal”.

While Germany did not take part in the action against Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she supported steps taken by the allies.

In the longer term, though, Brennan said solutions in Syria would likely prove evasive. “They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use”, she explained.

Those assertions have been denounced as lies by Western officials.

“We condemn this deliberate strategy of terrorizing local populations and forcing them into submission”.

Russian Federation has denied allegations of election meddling and has denied accusations of other cyber-attacks on power grids in the past.

Within the administration, some painted the strike as a possible portent of greater American involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Trump, however, cast the strikes in more sweeping terms, promising he was ready to keep the US military engaged if Syrian President Bashar Assad were to use deadly gases again. I think that’s the right approach. “That’s what the president is referring to”, she said.

Nevertheless, Johnson said, “we in the U.K.do not seek an escalation”.

“We are concerned they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW fact-finding mission”, said ambassador Ken Ward.

“God, Syria and Bashar – nothing more”, protesters chanted.

The Syrian president showed he was undaunted by the western attack, launching air strikes on rebel-held areas north of Damascus less than 36 hours later.

The British, Russian and French ambassadors have all been seen arriving at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.

British Prime Minister Theresa May told restive lawmakers Monday that military airstrikes on Syria were right both legally and morally, and she accused Syria and its ally Russian Federation of attempting to cover up evidence of a deadly chemical weapons attack.

One of the sharpest critiques came from Sen.

Corbyn said May should remember she “is accountable to this Parliament, not to the whims of the US president”.

The Scottish National Party said it would table a motion for an emergency debate to try to get MPs a vote on whether they backed the action.

“The possibility of an open conflict with Russian Federation is not zero, and any time it’s not zero we need to be careful”, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) told me on Thursday.

Peskov said only that Russian Federation was against “groundless” accusations about who was responsible for the attack.

And in a phone call with Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin warned any further US-led strikes could provoke “chaos in worldwide relations”, while the leaders of both countries called it an illegal “act of aggression”.

Critics, however, claimed Sunday that Trump was premature. “Our warnings have been left unheard”, Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the US, wrote on Facebook.

Trump took to Twitter Sunday to defend his characterization of the strikes.

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