Russia on Friday condemned a U


Russia on Friday condemned a U

Russia on Friday condemned a U.S. missile strike against Syria as an attack on its ally and said it was suspending an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between U.S. and Russian aircraft operating over Syria. Russia’s decision to suspend the 2015 memorandum of understanding on the air operations immediately raised tensions in the skies over Syria. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Syrian had no chemical weapons and dismissed the Trump administration’s explanation as an excuse to enter the conflict. He said the risk of confrontation between the U.S.-led coalition and Russia has “significantly increased.” He said Putin considered the attack an attempt to distract attention from the heavy civilian casualties caused by a U.S.-backed offensive to capture the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group. Under the now-suspended pact, the two countries had traded information about flights by a U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State and Russian planes operating in Syria in support of the Assad government. The Russian Defense Ministry said it sees the U.S. strike “as a grave violation of the memorandum.” The strike creates the possibility of a direct confrontation with Russia, which has forces on the ground and advanced air-defense systems capable of shooting down U.S. aircraft and missiles. The "deconfliction" channel that Russia suspended was established in 2015 to prevent collisions, after Russia deployed aircraft to a base along Syria’s Mediterranean coastline and began carrying out strikes on behalf of the Syrian regime. Before the missile strike, a Pentagon spokesman, Capt. Jeff Davis, said in a statement, “U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.” There have been no reports of Russian casualties in Friday’s strike, but Syrian officials claimed that civilians, including children, were killed in the attack. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said Russia would help strengthen Syrian air defenses to “protect the most sensitive Syrian infrastructure facilities.” He said the attack destroyed a warehouse, classrooms, a cafeteria, six Mig-23 fighter jets that were being repaired and a radar station. The runway and other aircraft were not affected, he said. Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, also dismissed the U.S. assertion that the attacks were a response to this week’s chemical weapon attack in northern Syria, which left scores dead in a village in Idlib province, one of the last strongholds of anti-Assad factions.“It is obvious that the strike by U.S. cruise missiles was prepared well in advance,” Zakharova said “It is clear that the decision to deliver the strikes was made in Washington before the Idlib events, which were simply used as a pretext for demonstrating force.” Under a 2013 Russia-U.S. agreement, Syria agreed to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpile. A U.N. mission in 2014 confirmed that most of Assad’s “declared” chemical arsenal had been eliminated. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is due to arrive in Moscow next week, said the attack on Idlib meant that “clearly, Russia has failed in its responsibility to deliver on that commitment.” “So either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been incompetent in its ability to deliver on that agreement.” From Washington Post

11 thoughts on “Russia on Friday condemned a U

  1. Completely Staged… Trump calls Russia hours before the strike, & Putin moves all their good jets, leaving their ol’ broken down planes on the base as props for a photo/op!

    Let’s see… 60 cruise missiles @ $1,500,000

    Hmmm… Almost $100,000,000 wasted shooting at props.

    1. This is the story that was provided to the US media by the US government. There are no sources to prove or disprove this story. Investigative Journalists need to determine How much of Russia’s statement is true or false based on fact not fiction.

  2. Keith Martin Here we see the results of someone in the White House who lies, pretty much ever time he opens his mouth. We know that we can trust nothing we are told, important to the nation or important only to Trump’s endless ego, so how does a democracy proceed?

  3. Ann, the country will come to a crossroads in the next eight years. There will be a reckoning among the populace or an eradication of the terms of citizenship. Citizens may wake up to find they need to participate in their democracy when there is a terrorist attack or our country is pulled into a war. Or both. OR there may be such apathy that democracy takes a nose dive and new laws are passed to restrict speech, voting and protest. The Republican party is actually working on all three of these right new with brand new laws. They are working to end birthright citizenship, end protesting in public and increase restrictions on voting. I predict three things will happen: a terrorist attack, cheeto’s reelection, a dramatic economic nosedive recession. History repeats. Republican will win increasing more elections because Democrats have not learned from the lessons of 2016.

  4. Keith Martin You’ve written off the Democrats, then. Who are you going to be working with down the road? Who do you find that looks promising? I KNOW you’ll be involved in some capacity, after all, you’re still breathing…

  5. I have not written them off. I have not lost all hope. I just see that things are going to get much worse before they get better. I have said the same thing that Howard Dean said. Democrats must vote, volunteer, donate and fundraise if they want their candidates to win. This is still not happening. Los Angeles had a primary election in March with 11% voter turnout. LA had a congressional special election this week with 9% voter turn out. I will help out if / when I see candidates that need my help and who I can believe in. The only person who fits that bill today is Jon Ossoff running in Georgia. I will give him $.

  6. I remain a prisoner of hope. 🙂 Keith, you’re right at how dire things are for our country. People either discover their agency in this country or they won’t have the option….and things will become much more unjust.

    I think we have clear avenues to beat these people but enough of us have to care. Glad you and Ann do. Glad that we have people in Washington County, Oregon who do too. We’ll see whether more people follow OUR lead on this or if we will work on the margins as is usually the case.

    This shit’s not a hobby. I can tell you that. There are lots of other things I could be doing with my time on weekday nights, so, being a rational human being, I must have some kind of hope 🙂

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