Russia and Iran have warned the US that they will ‘respond with force’ if their own ‘red lines’ are crossed in Syria again.
Days after President Donald Trump ordered 59 Tomahawk missiles in an air strike over Syria, in a reactionary military operation to the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, the alliance in support of President Bashar al-Assad has spoken.
A joint statement threatened action in response to ‘any breach of red lines from whoever it is’, days after a Russian missile warship was sent to Syria.
A statement from the alliance’s joint command centre reads:
What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines.
From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.
This comes as, today, Sir Michael Fallon, the UK’s Defence Secretary, demanded Russia rein in President Assad’s brutal attacks on his own people, writing in The Sunday Times that the Kremlin was responsible ‘by proxy’ as the ‘principal backer’ of the Assad regime.
In the stark statement, Fallon claimed that Moscow is ‘responsible for every civilian death’ in Khan Sheikhoun and the attacks are happening ‘on their watch’.
While the US, the UK and France have put blame on Assad’s doorstep for the sarin gas attacks, Russia’s contradictory claim – that a rebel chemical weapons facility caused the deaths – has been dismissed by experts.
The conflict has created tension that has many wondering whether we find ourselves on the brink of World War Three.