Russia Threatens To Freeze Cooperation With US
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 14:08
The US president noted that the relationship between the US and Russian Federation is "worse now that it has ever been" and admonished the Kremlin for aligning itself with the "gas killing animal" Bashar Al Assad, Syria's president.
Putin urged a thorough investigation and warned against baseless accusations.
The skies above were buzzing with Russian, Syrian and US coalition warplanes - all hunting the same targets.
Jennifer Cafarella, a senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, noted that the Syrian-Russian-Iranian coalition and its war effort in Syria "poses a strategic problem for the United States beyond the use of banned weapons in war crimes against civilians". Russian officials denied any involvement during the most violent days of the fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014, while journalists and Western intelligence agencies reported tanks pouring across the Russian border into the Ukraine.
Russian ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council that his country was being threatened by the U.S. and UK.
Russian Federation denies its Syrian allies used chlorine or other agents in the Saturday attack that claimed dozens of lives.
Donald Trump's Wednesday's morning Twitter storm warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for U.S. missiles fired at Syria was a frighteningly clear illustration of how wars can start by miscalculation. Erdogan did not elaborate.
Vladimir Shamanov, a retired general who heads the defence affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said in televised remarks Tuesday that a USA strike in Syria could hurt Russian servicemen and trigger retaliation.
The Syria crisis has come as a test for not only Trump, but incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton, a hawk who joined Trump's team this week.
Albania's Foreign Ministry said Le Drian canceled a trip there planned Friday "due to global developments in the security field".
Russian Federation are allies with dictator Bashar al-Assad and are expected to defend him should the United States attack - with USA accusing Putin of having "blood on his hands". But on Thursday, Trump wrote that he: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
"The US and Russian Federation are now closer to a direct collision between their military forces than at any time since the Cold War", Dmitry Trenin, an influential political commentator at the Carnegie Moscow Center, wrote on Twitter this week. He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria.
He went on to say that the alleged chemical attack in Douma is just an American pretext and he blamed the Syrian opposition, not the Assad regime, for it.
Trump has been in talks with Britain and France to secure a joint response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in the rebel- held town of Douma. Moscow's United Nations envoy Vasily Nebenzia said, "I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you're now developing", He also warned the USA to bear the effect of military action it is planning to conduct.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also claimed the chemical weapons attack was "staged".
He did not elaborate or name the state.
"Such attacks will not deter our armed forces and allied forces from persisting to crush what is left of the armed terrorist groups", the military said.
Lavrov, speaking to reporters in Moscow, said: "Intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".