A bare 2 months 17 days into his presidency, last night (April 6, 2017), Donald Trump ordered Pentagon to fire 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, in retaliation against what Trump calls Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s “horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians” — never mind that:
- No official investigation was undertaken to determine that Assad indeed had made the chemical attack.
- Trump did not get the consent of Congress although a missile attack on a sovereign government is an act of war.
Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said although Russia was informed about forthcoming US strikes against Syria over existing communication channels, “nobody called [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”
RUSSIA’S Reaction No. 1:
From President of Russia Vladimir Putin, April 7, 2017:
The President of Russia regards the US airstrikes on Syria as an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext. The Syrian Army has no chemical weapons. The fact of the destruction of all Syrian chemical weapons’ stockpiles has been recorded and verified by the OPCW, a specialised UN body. Vladimir Putin believes that complete disregard for factual information about the use by terrorists of chemical weapons drastically aggravates the situation.
This move by Washington [the US airstrike on an air base in Syria] has dealt a serious blow to Russian-US relations, which are already in a poor state. Most importantly, this move will not bring us closer to the ultimate goal of combatting international terrorism but will instead create a major obstacle to the establishment of an international counterterrorist coalition and to effective struggle against this global evil, something that US President Donald Trump declared as one of his main goals during his election campaign.
Vladimir Putin regards the US strikes on Syria as an attempt to draw public attention away from the numerous civilian casualties in Iraq.
On Friday, the United States launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in Homs Province in western Syria.
Reaction No. 2:
Today, April 7, 2017, the Russian Foreign Ministry calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss aftermath of US missile strike on Syrian base. At the same time, Russia suspends the Memorandum on preventing incidents and ensuring flights safety during operations in Syria earlier signed with the United States.
Reaction No. 3:
Russia deploys a cruise missile-armed frigate to Syria.
A “military-diplomatic source in Moscow” told Russian news agency TASS the Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Grigorovich, described as “currently on a routine voyage,” will enter the Mediterranean later today, April 7, 2017, and will make a stop at the logistics base in Syria’s port of Tartus.
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