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:
07 April 2017
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)
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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