Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Russia Warns US Over Planned Military Action In Syria

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford briefing the press on Syria at the Pentagon Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford briefing the press on Syria at the PentagonMore
Melinda Barton | 14 April, 2018, 12:54

Any strike risks a confrontation with Russian Federation, which is a key ally of Assad.

More practically, at the United Nations, Russia´s diplomats vetoed a USA motion to re-establish an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria that could have established blame. Trump wrote on Twitter. "Our intelligence tells us otherwise".

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday.

He told reporters after a closed emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that "the danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria", adding: "We hope that there will be no point of no return - that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state".

Saturday's attack on the then rebel-held Damascus suburb of Ghouta reportedly left more than 40 people dead, and dramatically raised the stakes for outside powers.

Earlier this week, the President tweeted that a missile strikes against Syria could happen "very soon or not so soon at all". These included the sea-launched Kalibr and air-launched Kh-101 cruise missiles; both can be fired from the Caspian Sea and other areas in western Russian Federation.

As Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action - taken in defiance of Russia´s threat to respond - explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in a brutal seven-year-old civil war.

But a strike still seems more than likely after United Nations talks failed.

Trump tempered those remarks on Thursday.

Russian currency and stock markets, preoccupied with the threat of US military action in Syria and the fallout from Washington's new sanctions, did not react to the draft legislation. "We are continuing to have ongoing meetings and conversations here at the White House".

Russian Ambassador to Beirut Alexander Zasypkin cited orders by Putin. He added that the Russian military has proof of British involvement, but didn't immediately present it.

Meanwhile, the world is holding its breath.

Russia's Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov also warned of the consequences of such military actions. "We hope there will be no point of no return", the envoy said. "Especially if they're considering hitting a wider range of targets than they did last time".

Moscow's ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, warned on Wednesday that any U.S. missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

In February this year, United States forces working alongside Kurdish militia in the east of Syria clashed with regime forces and killed scores of Russians working as mercenaries.

Medvedev elaborated a bit on expected retaliation by Russian Federation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, also said pro-Syrian government forces were emptying main airports and military air bases.

It comes as London has blamed Moscow for a nerve agent attack on a former double agent and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury last month.

"At least, we are giving an adequate reply to the United States of America".

The tensions between Moscow and Washington dominated the market this week.