Russian PM Medvedev: Attack On Syria Puts US “On the Verge of a Military Clash With Russia”

Aftermath of the US missile attack on a Syrian military airbase, 7 April, 2017. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Sputnik

Russian Prime Minister has informed the world that this morning’s attack on Syria puts the US on the verge of a military clash with Russia”, and Russia has initiated an emergency meeting of ceasefire task force of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to discuss overnight US strikes on an airfield in Shayrat:
Originally posted at RT.com:

The US fired almost 60 cruise missiles at an airfield of the Syrian army, claiming that it was used to conduct a chemical weapons attack at a rebel-held town in the province of Idlib on Tuesday.
  • 07 April 2017

    14:47 GMT

    Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah said on Friday a U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was an “idiotic step” which would lead to “great and dangerous tensions” in the Middle East. Hezbollah, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year-old conflict, said in a statement the strike would not demoralise the Syrian army or negatively affect its allies. The U.S. military action was a “service” to Israel and its “ambitions in the region,” Hezbollah added, without elaborating. (Reuters)

  • 14:30 GMT

    The International Committee of the Red Cross has amounted the situation in Syria to “an international armed conflict” following the US strikes on Syrian airfield in Shayrat, Reuters cites a spokesperson as saying.

    “Any military operation by a state on the territory of another without the consent of the other amounts to an international armed conflict,” Iolanda Jaquemet said.

  • 14:29 GMT

    The US missile strike violated not only international, but also US laws, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the attack was “on the verge of a military clash with Russia.”

    “Instead of an overworked statement about a joint fight against the biggest enemy, ISIS, the Islamic State [terrorist group], the Trump administration proved that it will fiercely fight the legitimate Syrian government,” Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page.

    Washington’s missile strike was carried out “in a tough contradiction with international law and without UN approval,” the Russian PM went on to say, adding that American internal procedures for such military action were also violated, as Congress “must first be notified of any military operation unrelated to aggression against the US.”

  • 14:25 GMT

    Russia has initiated an emergency meeting of ceasefire task force of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to discuss overnight US strikes on an airfield in Shayrat, RIA Novosti reported citing a diplomatic source. The meeting is to take place at 15:00 GMT in Geneva.

  • 13:51 GMT

  • 13:46 GMT

    Russian MoD drone footage of aftermath from US missile strike on Syrian Army airbase http://on.rt.com/884p 

  • 13:33 GMT

    The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet at 11:30 EDT (15:30 GMT) on Friday to discuss the US missile strikes on Syria. The meeting of the 15-member council will be public, diplomats said, as cited by Reuters.

  • 13:30 GMT

  • 13:16 GMT

    Australia called for “a strong response” when condemning the alleged chemical attack in Idlib, the Guardian reports, citing Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s interview with 3AW radio.

    “We have condemned this attack utterly. It cries out for a strong response and we are in very … close and constant communication with our allies, in particular the United States,” Turnbull said.

  • 13:02 GMT

    Belgium believes only a political solution can resolve the Syrian conflict, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told Le Soir.

    He urged European partners to prevent further escalation and called on the EU to provide dialogue between Russia and the US.

    Reynders didn’t condemn the unilateral US missile strike, but called for an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib province. However, he blamed the Syrian government for the attack, claiming that Assad cannot remain in power after such actions.

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