Just a moment before the order of no less than US President Donald Trump to blast Syria’s airbase early Friday, Russia has expressed warning to the leader over negative impact of attacking its ally in the Middle East.
The Putin-led nation has warned Donald Trump to avoid launching strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime or they could face “negative consequences”.
The warning comes just minutes before the United States fired 59 missiles against Syria, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov said: “Think about negative consequences”.
“We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise,” Safronkov added.
When asked by media on what those negative consequences could be, he said: “Look at Iraq, look at Libya.”
Also, the warning comes after President Trump’s passionate speech at the White House, following the gas attack in Syria on Tuesday.
Since the suspected chemical attack, the US has since launched more than 50 Tomahawk missiles on the Syrian airfield, where gas assault left at least 80 people dead.
The strike was launched at 8:45 pm ET, targeting the airfield’s hangers, aircraft, runways, and fuel storage areas – while Trump was dining with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
According to Syrian military sources, the US strike caused “losses” but refuse to give numbers due to confirmation purposes.
Meanwhile, Trump’s decision to blast Syrian territory did not seek for Congress approval, but US politicians have applauded him
The US military believes the strike has “severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure” – as many as 14 fighter jets have been destroyed.
Speaking to the attack, President Trump held an impromptu press conference and said: “Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the military airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.
“It is in vital national security interests of the United States to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons,” he added.
Syria’s leader Assad denied involvement in the gas attack.
Moments before Trump launched air-strikes in Syria, the US military said they were studying military options in Syria and President Trump insisted, “something should happen”.
Washington blamed the attack on the Syrian government, putting it at odds with Russia, which has air and ground forces in Syria. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.
Russia is Syria’s most powerful ally and has provided the military might behind Assad’s grip on the country, which plunged into civil war six years ago.