Putin: Aggression by U.S. and allies will worsen Syrian humanitarian catastrophe

Sheri Evans
April 17, 2018

"It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine".

US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday.

"Because the reality is, as the President said forthrightly to the American people, Russian Federation and Iran are part of the problem and they need to behave appropriately here". But clearly, they are interested in this idea that the USA was hitting both military and civilian targets, suggesting that Moscow may help Damascus beef up its air defenses for providing these S-300 surface air missile systems to Syria in the coming future.

Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the US -led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions. "This perception that Russian Federation is in ruins still lingers".

The U.S. president, who has tried to build good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, had sharply critical words for both Russia and Iran, which have backed Assad's government.

Williamson, however, noted that a political solution is the only way to resolve the Syrian conflict. "Putin is now saving Assad with the money of Russian retirees". Australia's defense minister issued a statement supporting the airstrikes, calling them "calibrated and proportionate".

"Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its coverups", she said. Moscow has denied involvement.

The Assad regime makes no distinction whatsoever between armed combatants and innocent civilians living in the areas from which the rebels operate, viewing them all as threats to its existence.

"Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", Mattis said.

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Russia's response Saturday underscored Putin's effort to use Syria to help portray himself as a guarantor of global stability despite the torrent of Western criticism.

Some national leaders appeared anxious to avert a U.S.

USA allies have offered strong words of support for Washington, but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

As for the Russian response, it seems that Moscow has already shown a calculated reaction to the developments.

"This is grotesque, it is a blatant lie, it is the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian propaganda machine", said Britain's United Nations ambassador Karen Pierce. With the support of the UK and France, the United States could strike Syria at any moment.

Lavrov also denied the use of chemical weapons in Douma and said the event did not take place. The result, according to the worst-case predictions, could be a new World War.

"It was palpable, the fear", said Vladimir Frolov, an independent foreign-policy analyst in Moscow.

A day before a team from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.

Russia's Federation Council is looking to adopt counter-sanctions against the United States, under which the country may ban exports of titanium components to aircraft giant Boeing, according to Russian Senator Sergey Ryabukhin.

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