On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to the US led Syria bombings stated that any further attacks from the West would bring chaos to world affairs. This is in direct response to the news of Washington preparing to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
According to a Kremlin statement, in a call with the president of Iran Hassan Rouhani, both Putin and Rouhani agreed that the strikes by the West in Syria had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution for the conflict in Syria that is now 7 years old.
“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,” the Kremlin statement said.
I don't think our airstrikes on Syria will make a shred of difference or deter Assad/Putin in any way.
But hey, so long as it makes us feel a bit less guilty about how we opted out of confronting Assad when we should have done.. then it was worth it – right?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 16, 2018
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the CBS TV program “Face the Nation” that the US will be announcing new sanction of being placed on companies that deal with Russia “that were dealing with equipment” which was related to Bashar Assad’s, current president of Syria, alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7.
Now that gloves are off w #Russia isn’t this the perfect time for #Putin to release any & all disparaging info he has on @realDonaldTrump?
Let loose the video!
Why would he hold back now that damaging sanctions are imposed & escalating?
Unless-as looks likely- he has nothing
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) April 16, 2018
While the Syrian government and its ally Russia have denied involvement in the chemical attack, Western countries including US, UK, and France firmly believe it was the Syrian government. These bombings by the Western countries are the biggest intervention from Western Counties in Syria.
Following the Strike in Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news that he had convinced Trump to stay in Syria for “the long term” after the recent incident that have happened to focus on the chemical weapons sites.
Dear Pres. Vladimir Putin … Russia has 30% Of the World’s Oil, Natural Gas & Precious Metals …. You have the World’s most powerful Bomb; Best Missile Defence System & the Biggest Country … Why then do you allow to be intimidated all the time? Kak dolgo vy budete trusom?
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) April 16, 2018
The White House pushed back against Macron’s comments about Trump’s intentions for U.S. forces.
“The U.S. mission has not changed — the president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
When Mrs May says she has taken tough action to deter chemical weapons, she & Trump have done nothing of the kind. In the next breath she says this limited action isn’t intended to provoke Putin – or to get further involved in Syria. It is gesture bombing
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) April 16, 2018
“We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return,” she said, referring to the Islamic State extremist group. “In addition we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region.”
The United States, France, and Britain have said that the strikes were only to prevent Syria from using chemical weapons and drastically reduce Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities. The strike was not meant to intervene in the Syrian civil war or affect Asad’s government.