Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Further attacks on Syria will cause chaos in int'l ties, Putin warns

Further attacks on Syria will cause chaos in int'l ties, Putin warns

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin pointed out that Iran and Russia share a common view on many regional and global issues, saying: "The US and Western countries' attack on Syria under any pretext is the blatant violation of worldwide laws and this act by the United States and its allies is nothing but worldwide crime and act of aggression, and the pretext of chemical weapons use in Syria is baseless".

Moscow also condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for the findings of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspection team on the alleged attack before launching the strikes.

"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands worldwide accountability of those responsible for these heinous acts", US Ambassador Kenneth Ward said in comments seen by Reuters.

The ties between the USA and Russian Federation were at standstill for the last one year and further deteriorated after the US-led strikes in three Syrian cities in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma.

Earlier Saturday morning, the United States, in cooperation with Britain and France, attacked Syrian military facilities allegedly related to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities. The Syrian government and its Russian ally deny involvement.

This image shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in Douma, near Damascus.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has said sanctions will be announced on Monday aimed at companies "that were dealing with equipment" related to Bashar al-Assad's alleged chemical weapons use.

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