U.S. hits Syrian airbase, Russian Federation fumes
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 15:30
On Sunday, Russia's Foreign Ministry criticised a decision by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to cancel a visit to Moscow later this month, saying it showed a lack of understanding of events in Syria.
She said stopping the spread and use of chemical weapons was in the "vital national security interests" of the United States.
The chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday triggered a USA missile attack two days later that struck a Syrian air base in central Syria killing nine people.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an immediate meeting of the UN Security Council and his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the U.S. missile strikes "violations of the norms of worldwide law, and under a far-fetched pretext".
While, Washington stated it fired a barrage of 59 cruise missiles at the Shayrat base in response to what President Trump called a "barbaric" chemical attack on a rebel-held town on Tuesday that he blamed on the Damascus regime.
At least six people were killed, Syria claimed, but the Pentagon said civilians were not targeted and the strike was aimed at a Syrian military airfield in Homs.
"We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the US".
"He said serious consequences would follow the us action".
"When you take your own path, this leads to frightful tragedies in the region", he said.
"It's not the first time for Assad to do that", Mostafa said.
Thursday's strike against the airbase, then, represents a dramatic shift in that dynamic - a more direct United States confrontation with Assad and, by extension, with Putin. But the senior US military officials, who weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity, said US-Russian discussions have continued since yesterday's attack on the Syrian military base.
He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russian Federation had his back.
U.S. officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes, and avoided hitting Russian personnel.
Satellite imagery suggests the base that was struck is home to Russian special forces and military helicopters, part of the Kremlin's effort to help the Syrian government fight Islamic State and other militant groups. Haley joined with her counterpart from the U.K.to mock Russian Federation to persuade it to change course, unlike the administration of former President Barack Obama, where officials often used verbal condemnations of Assad's actions.