Friday, April 7, 2017

Syria operation’s masterminds to bear responsibility for its aftermath: Russia

Russia is receiving "direct signals" that a military operation is under preparation in Syria and warns that those behind it will bear the responsibility for all its consequences, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after a meeting in the UN Security Council held behind closed doors.

The meeting took place amid media reports on the upcoming military operation, he said. "We are receiving direct signals here that this operation is being prepared," the diplomat said. During the discussion in the UNSC, Russia warned that "those who invent these projects will bear the responsibility for all the possible consequences," he said.

Less than half an hour after the meeting, the first reports came that the US launched missile strikes on Syria. According to the NBC TV channel, the strikes came in response to what Washington believes was the Syrian government’s use of banned chemical weapons in the province of Idlib.

The Tomahawk cruise missiles were intended for a single target - Ash Sha'irat, home to an airfield from which the US intelligence believes the alleged chemical attack had been carried out.

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  1. US lawmakers have been sharply divided on President Donald Trump’s decision to order a missile strike without consulting lawmakers...

    Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has criticized the decision, saying that the incursion is hardly justified given the past experiences of the US in the Middle East.

    “Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer and Syria will be no different,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

    Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu sided with Paul, pointing that “attacking the Assad regime requires congressional approval,” as opposed to the actions that are carried out “in defense of the US.”

    Hillary Clinton’s former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine took a similar stance, calling Trump’s decision to go war unilaterally “unconstitutional” and “unlawful.”

    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) argued that if the issue was not urgently debated in Congress it would mean the “abdication of our responsibility.”

    Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who used to voice highly critical opinions on Trump, praised him this time, saying that Trump “deserves the support of the American people” as he "confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action.”


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