Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Putin warns of 'INTERNATIONAL CHAOS' if more Syria attacks are carried out

Putin warns of 'INTERNATIONAL CHAOS' if more Syria attacks are carried out

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said there were now no plans for further attacks in Syria after Britain and its allies France and the United States launched air strikes on the regime's chemical weapons facilities. "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"

In a separate interview, Haley told CBS News that new sanctions against Russian Federation, which has forces in Syria supporting the Assad regime, would be announced Monday that would "go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

Earlier, the office of France's President Emanuel Macron said the country's air force fired missiles from its Mirage and Rafale fighter jets.

Mr Putin made his remarks on Sunday in a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after the US, France and Britain launched missile strikes on Syria on Saturday over a suspected poison gas attack.

President Donald Trump has expressed his intention to pull all United States forces out of Syria in the near future.

McKenzie said the operation was "precise, overwhelming, and effective", adding it will set Syria's chemical-weapons program back "for years".

In the meeting with the Russians, Assad said that the strikes had demonstrated that Russian weapons were superior to USA ones, according to the lawmakers. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of USA missiles previous year.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned her United Nations counterparts that although the mission was designed as a one-off, that did not preclude further action against Assad.

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The Trump Administration, meanwhile, indicated that the predawn assault was a one-off operation to be repeated only if Assad used chemical weapons again.

The White House says the leaders agreed the airstrikes in Syria "were successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.

The attack was twice as big as one launched by America past year, which failed to deter Mr Assad.

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe most pressing matter is to avert a situation in which more chemical weapons are used in the civil war in Syria.

"We believe that by hitting Barzeh, in particular, we've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemicals weapon program", U.S. Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon.

Assad didn't comment on calls by the US State Department to declare alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons during the meeting. Responding to the airstrikes, Putin on Saturday condemned what he called "an attack on Syria".

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned the USA -led attack, saying it violated the worldwide law and the UN Charter, Syrian state news agency SANA reported on Saturday.

The first target included the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre at al-Mazzah Airport in Damascus; the second, an alleged chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs; and the third, an alleged chemical weapons equipment storage site and command post, also near Homs.

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