Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russian Federation says West only interested in overthrowing Syria President Bashar al Assad

Russian Federation says West only interested in overthrowing Syria President Bashar al Assad

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere that he described as alarming.

In a televised statement Saturday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said UK forces had undertaken a "limited and targeted strike" and that there had been "no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime". Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the vote.

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

The US, UK, and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government. "We can not take such risks", he said at a forum.

The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", he told a news conference yesterday.

USA allies have offered strong words of support for Washington, but no clear military plans have yet emerged. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said. "What is odd is that Russian Federation is ignoring the real threat to worldwide peace and security that has brought us here".

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry in a statement said Russian military bases in Syria had not been affected by the joint strike.

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But he appeared conciliatory yesterday.

Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators", adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 worldwide agreement for al-Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons.

The Kremlin said Mr Putin yesterday warned his French counterpart during a telephone call against any "dangerous actions" in Syria. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Syria's neighbour Turkey, said yesterday he had spoken by telephone with Mr Trump and Mr Putin, and told both that increasing tensions in the region was not right.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she supported the military action. A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the U.S.S Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles, have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast. It "could be very soon or not so soon at all".

Syria's Foreign Ministry called on the worldwide community "to strongly condemn this aggression", warning it would "pose a threat to global peace and security as a whole", in a statement published by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency. The White House said it was continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies about how to respond.

I've honestly lost count how many times those in Syria have suffered a chemical attack since the war against Assad began years again.

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