UN body dismisses Russsia's attempt to condemn western allies "aggression" in Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2018

No additional strikes against the Assad regime were planned for the time being, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, following Dunford's comments. "Assad's recent attack, and today's response, are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep that promise".

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Antonov said on Facebook.

"Again, we are being threatened".

Russia's United Nations ambassador warned that US-led strikes could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.

Putin responded to Saturday's attack by calling the strikes "an act of aggression against a sovereign state that is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism".

Russia's Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi said at a press conference on Saturday: 'This fact of American aggression shows that U.S. is not interested in conducting an objective investigation, wishes to disrupt the process of peaceful resolution in Syria and destabilise the situation in the region and has nothing to do with the previously proclaimed goals of fighting global terrorism'. Lavrov said Russian experts have already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons, adding without elaboration that Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

Putin also called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The White House said he would consult further with allies.

"The attack is the blatant violation of worldwide laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iranian state media. "After that statement, the US and all other Western media should be aware of their responsibility for what has happened".

China too condemned the airstrikes, saying any action bypassing the United Nations charter violates the principles of worldwide law.

In February, the British foreign office officially put on the Russian government responsible for a massive cyber attack using a virus-the extortioner NotPetya that they gave in June previous year, hundreds of thousands of computers around the world. Those bases come under the protection of Russian air defense units.

The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the Syrian Armed Forces had used Soviet air defense systems S-125, S-200, Buk, and Kvadrat to repel the missile attacks. Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security.

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