Russian military could retaliate against US for strike on Syria, lawmaker says
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 20:01
Israel did not comment on Monday's missile strike.
On Monday, Haley had told the Security Council that the United States will respond to the Assad regime's alleged chemical attack against Syrian civilians as she excoriated Russian Federation, saying its hands are "covered in the blood of Syrian children".
The OPCW has said the team of experts will deploy to Syria shortly.
The United States is looking to the UK and France for support as it finalises its response to the assault on the rebel-held town of Douma.
"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria", Haley said.
Israel on Monday joined nearly the entire global community when it "strongly condemn [ed]" the regime of President Bashar Assad for Saturday's attack on the rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region.
Trump has threatened to respond "forcefully" to the most recent allegations, saying the USA had "a lot of options militarily" and would decide in the coming days.
He said that after conferring with his military advisers, he would soon decide on how to respond, and against whom.
"Russia will inevitably veto the US resolution criticising Assad, and Washington will use this to justify military strikes", he said.
Moscow's threat to shoot down USA missiles came from the Russian ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, who said he was referring to a statement by President Vladimir Putin and the Russian armed forces chief of staff.
"We held open and transparent negotiations so every delegation could provide their input, and we went the extra mile for one council member", she said.
The European Union also laid the blame squarely on Assad's Government.
The US maintained the threat of missile strikes Wednesday in response to alleged chemical attacks in Syria, despite the risk of triggering a head-on clash with Damascus ally Russian Federation.
A source from a pro-regime unit told AFP Tuesday there were "precautionary measures being taken by the Syrian army, especially the airports and military bases".
French President Emmanuel Macron said any strikes would target Syrian government chemical facilities. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base.
Washington has also been in discussion with France and the United Kingdom, raising the prospect of co-ordinated Western military action. He declared that Russian Federation or any other nation found to share responsibility for Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians will "pay a price".
The Syrian government calls all opposition groups "terrorists", and has accused Washington of backing terrorism, including Islamic State militants.
"According to medical staff of the only operational hospital in Douma, nobody came or was brought to them with symptoms of sarin or chlorine poisoning". First responders entering apartments in Douma on Sunday said they found bodies collapsed on floors, some foaming at the mouth. "The Syrian state will continue to fight terrorism no matter what their reaction is". Russian Federation has repeatedly vetoed resolutions to protect the Assad government.
The WHO cited reports that 70 people had been killed.
Mr Nebenzia accused the USA of "planting this resolution" as a "pretext" to justify military action.
Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, accused Washington of deliberately stoking worldwide tensions by threatening Russian Federation in a tone "beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War".