The recent air strikes against Syria undertaken by the Trump administration have been dominating headlines over the past day.
Congressional Democrats have been chastising the President for what they say is circumventing their rule of law while Congressional Republicans have applauded the administration for taking action in response to crimes against humanity.
However, one person and entity, in particular, that is not happy regarding these air strikes is Vladimir Putin and Russia.
The Russian Ambassador to the United States publicly stated that the bombings were an insult to the President and Vladimir Putin denounced it all together.
However, what Russia is forgetting is that the air strikes were undertaken by not just the United States but Great Britain and France as well.
Over 100 airstrikes were launched in a onetime shot in the early morning.
The Sun reported,
“General Joseph Dunford confirmed three targets had been struck at a Pentagon briefing shortly after Trump’s announcement.
These include a scientific research facility in Damascus, which is allegedly linked to the production of chemical and biological weapons, a chemical weapons storage close to Homs and a chemical weapons equipment storage site and command post, also near Homs.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson described the airstrikes as “highly successful” and said no personnel had been injured.
Theresa May said there was ‘no practicable alternative to the use of force’ after Donald Trump announced the retaliation to reports of chemical attacks which killed 75 men, women and children.
Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter: “A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened.
We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.
“Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissable. The US – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.”
Theresa May has today defended her decision to launch the Syrian airstrikes – and insisted it sent a message to the world’s tyrants that they cannot use chemical weapons. Speaking in 10 Downing Street this morning, the Prime Minister said: “This was not about interfering in a civil war and it was not about regime change.
“It was a limited, targeted and effected strike with clear boundaries that fought to avoid escalation and did everything possible to avoid civilian casualties.
This collective action sends a clear message that the international community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons.”
“We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised – either in Syria, on the streets of the UK, or elsewhere. “The lesson of history is when the global rules and standards that keep us safe come under attack, we must continue to defend them.”
During a press conference, Mrs May defended her decision to launch strikes without holding a vote in the Commons – but revealed she will make a statement in Parliament on Monday to allow MPs to question her.
Russian President Vladimir Putin branded the US-led effort in Syria an “act of aggression” that will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe.
In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader says Moscow is calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations’ Security Council over the strike launched by the US, Britain and France.
Putin added that the strike had a “destructive influence on the entire system of international relations.”
He reaffirmed Russia’s view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.
Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.
He criticised the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also branded the attacks “crimes” and Britain, the US and France “criminals”.
He told Iranian television: “US allies will not gain any achievements from crimes in Syria.
“Attacking Syria is a crime. US President, UK Prime Minister and the president of France are criminals.”
Iran is one of Assad’s closest allies. But US President Donald Trump has sent a stern message to both Iran and Russia amid fears the rising tensions could lead to World War Three.
Trump said: “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children. “No nation can succeed by promoting rogue states and dictators.””
While American officials have said they are unaware of civilian casualties due to the air strikes Syrian government officials have said there are three.
Syrian officials also argued that their air-defense system engaged with the United States, but American officials deny this as well.
It is very quickly becoming a game of he said he said in the battle against these two countries.
Another result of the air strikes is Russia’s request for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
They will all meet at 11:00 AM over what Russia has quantified as, “aggressive actions of the United States and its allies.”
If current tension is any indication of what is to come the world is in for a wild ride.
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