Russia have finally responded to the joint airstrikes by the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France.
The Kremlin’s ambassador to the US warned there would be ‘consequences’ to last Friday evening’s (April 13) attacks on Syria, he also added the military-led operation was an insult to their president, Vladimir Putin, which was not acceptable.
Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov released an official press statement warning America and its allies ‘a pre-designed scenario’ is being drawn up in retaliation to the air raids, which has left the country feeling ‘threatened’.
As reported by Reuters, Antonov said:
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 inadmissible. The US – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.
Meanwhile, in Syria, its allegedly state-run media has labelled the joint airstrikes by the US, UK and France as a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law.
Syrian state-run news agency SANA claimed:
The aggression is a flagrant violation of international law, a breach of the international community’s will, and it is doomed to fail.
Prime Minister Theresa May approved four RAF Tornados equipped with Shadow Storm missiles to target a former missile base, 15 miles west of Homs, which is believed to be the location of where Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad’s regime is stockpiling items used to make chemical weapons.
The US-led military attack was in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged repeated use of chemical weapons, the most recent killing more than 70 people, according to The Telegraph.
On Friday, US President Donald Trump addressed Americans to announce he’d ordered the strike in response to the Assad regime’s ‘evil and despicable’ attacks over the weekend.
UK Prime Minister, May, offered her own statement from Downing Street minutes after, claiming the strikes were not about ‘intervening in a civil war’ or ‘regime change’ but to prevent the further use of chemical weapons.
Addressing American citizens in a national broadcast, Trump said:
The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States.
To Iran and to Russia I ask – what kind of regime wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?
The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No state can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 14, 2018
May told the British public, as well as the international community:
It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties.
And while this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian Regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity.
France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, said:
The facts and the responsibility of the Syrian regime [for Saturday’s attack] are not in any doubt. The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed.
Dozens of men, women and children were massacred using chemical weapons in Douma on Saturday, 7 April.
The red line has been crossed.
I have therefore ordered the French armed forces to intervene.https://t.co/mezFfV1Hh9 pic.twitter.com/7lVhMjhx9I
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 14, 2018
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn questioned the nature of the airstrikes, claiming it was ‘legally questionable’ and adding Parliament should’ve have been called in to be consulted.
May later responded by saying the attacks were ‘right and legal.’
Following the first series of attacks, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson labelled the operation a ‘highly successful mission’.