Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Russia Warns of "Consequences" as Putin Denounces Syria Strikes

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Doris Mccormick | 16 April, 2018, 02:40

Mattis and other government officials from the national security team warned Trump that such action would create conflict with Iran and Russia [VIDEO].

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said there were no reports of U.S. losses during the initial airstrikes.

Before unleashing airstrikes with the United Kingdom and France on Friday night, Trump spent days conducting an intensive review of options and strategies with Pentagon officials and his National Security Council, according to a White House official.

And she claimed that Russian Federation simply wanted to stop terrorism in Syria "because we're much closer to Syria than the US".

Trump made his latest statement in a tweet Thursday morning.

But the strikes threaten to deepen the growing conflict between the USA and Russian Federation, which threatened earlier in the week to shoot down any us missiles targeting Assad, and effectively turn Syria into a proxy battleground between the two Cold War powers.

On Wednesday he said the missiles were "coming", but on Thursday he tweeted that he had "never said when".

Nebenzia was echoing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said in a Friday news conference that Russia has "irrefutable evidence" the alleged chemical attack in Syria was "staged".

Vice-President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again. Locating Syrian aircraft alongside Russian military hardware might make Washington reluctant to target them.

Davis explained that Putin would say, "We're going to keep this quiet, and we're going to calm things down", but in the meanwhile, "he will stab someone in the back".

On April 6, the Trump administration unleashed additional sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs with ties to President Vladimir Putin along with 12 companies they own or control.

President Donald Trump addresses the nation about the USA -led airstrikes in Syria April 13, 2018.

The statements were significant because the head of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, had previously said the Russian military would respond to USA airstrikes that put Russian lives at risk by shooting down the missiles and potentially the ships or planes that fired them.

The U.S. has about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria as advisers to a makeshift group of anti-Islamic State fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. Trump said in his remarks Friday.

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Volunteer first responders and activists claimed a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed more than 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Looking for news you can trust? The White House said it was continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies about how to respond. "We'll be working with our closest allies to consider how we can ensure that those responsible are held to account".

Mr. Trump called out Putin along with the leadership in Iran for backing Assad, who he referred to as "Animal Assad".

"This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons", he added. Trump responded then by launching dozens of Navy cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield.

Ms Zakharova said all she wanted was peace and she "cannot understand why American politicians are still blind to what we're trying to propose to them, we're trying to propose cooperation".

In the past, Trump has condemned others for forecasting military plans, repeatedly blistering President Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign.

But a strike still seems more than likely after United Nations talks failed. We are totally predictable. Shortly thereafter, as the Kremlin reported that the USA president had invited his Russian counterpart to Washington, confusion grew. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Assad.

The move comes after 60 American diplomats left Russia as part of tit-for-tat series of expulsions following the poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter in Britain, allegedly at the hands of the Kremlin.

Trump's spokeswoman dismissed this idea, and pointedly refused to acknowledge that concern about the risks of a direct confrontation with Russian Federation would hold the U.S. military back.

"Russia condemns attack against Syria".

The Russian Defense Ministry. the United States used Navy ships in the Red Sea, Air Force B-1B, F-15 and F-16 aircraft in the dawn attack.

Both powers vetoed each other's draft resolutions, with the Russians accusing the USA of prejudging the outcome of the investigation of the chemical weapons use in Douma district east of Damascus while the Americans said the Russians were trying to carry out the investigation their way.

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he hoped common sense would prevail and that the situation would stabilise.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

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