Russia has strongly condemned US-led air strikes on Syria over the use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta by Syrian regime forces. The action has come after a week of a heated war of words between US and Russia. The strikes hit three targets one based in Damascus and the other two in Homs all linked to the chemical weapon facilities and research.
President Trump tweeted the attack was perfectly carried out to absolute levels of precision adding, “Mission Accomplished”. Putin has termed the attack against the UN charter as it was an act of aggression on a sovereign state. Russian President has stated that the attack was carried out on the basis of a staged chemical attack. Syria and Russia had denied the allegations of any chemical attack being carried by the regime forces.
Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian ambassador at UN has categorically termed the aggression as an act of hooliganism in international relations and an illegal military adventure. He asked US and allies to refrain from such acts in future. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to UN in her answer to Russian statement said that the strikes were not an act of revenge but to ensure deterrence in case of any future use of chemical weapons.
The Syrian regime has urged the international community to come out strongly against the US acts of aggression as it sets a bad precedent which can destabilise the peace of the world. Syrians do not expect any change on the ground and despite being a strong message to Assad they expressed doubt if their President will be moved.
Pentagon has expressed hope that the strikes have badly hurt the capabilities of Syria to produce chemical weapons and has labelled the whole mission as precise, overwhelming and effective. Russia and Syria have however completely different assessment of the strikes as they have said that 71 of the 103 cruise missiles were successfully intercepted by Syrian defences and the ones which hit the targets made no serious damage to infrastructure. The governments of Turkey and Germany have backed the strikes.