Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Russian ambassador to United States threatens with consequences for strikes on Syria

Russian ambassador to United States threatens with consequences for strikes on Syria

Russia's ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the attacks early on Saturday, which came in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend. Some Russian statements indicated that the Syrian events were a false flag and might have been done as a pretext to attack Syria.

"Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism", Putin said. This is written in his statement, published on the facebook page of the embassy.

"Not one of the cruise missiles released by the USA and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of Russian air defences protecting facilities in Tartus and Hmeimim", the ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to the locations of Russia's naval facility in Tartus and its Hmeimim air base. "We warned that such actions will not remain without consequences", the report said.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added. "You need to be really exceptional to shell Syria's capital at the moment when it had gained a chance of a peaceful future".

The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad.

"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

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