Russian president warns of global ‘chaos’ if West strikes Syria again

Russian president warns of global ‘chaos’ if West strikes Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani agreed the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.
“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,” the Kremlin statement said.
The warnings come as US President Donald Trump’s aides announced plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Stepping up the pressure on Syria’s President, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced Monday would be aimed at companies “that were dealing with equipment” related to Mr Assad’s alleged chemical weapons use.
She said Russia had blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.
“Everyone is going to feel it at this point,” Ms Haley said, warning of consequences for Mr Assad’s foreign allies.
“The fact [Mr Assad] was making this more normal and that Russia was covering this up, all that has got to stop.”
Mr Trump has also defended his use of the phrase “Mission Accomplished” to describe the US-led missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program.
In an early-morning tweet, Mr Trump said the strike was “perfectly carried out”, and criticised journalists for taking issue with his choice of words.

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