by Dolapo Adelana
Russian President, Vladmir Putin has condemned the US airstrikes on Syria ordered by President Donald Trump.
In a statement by his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, Putin described the airstrikes as an act of “aggression against a sovereign nation”.
Peskov also insisted that “the Syrian army doesn’t have chemical weapons,” saying this had been “observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a special UN unit.”
The Russian foreign ministry says it has called for an emergency meeting of the UN security council.
It claims that the US strike was prepared before the alleged chemical attack in Idlib, as it has suspended air safety agreement with the USA.
Speaking hours after US missile destroyers fired 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase, Viktor Ozerov said the Kremlin are now seeking an urgent UN Security Council meeting to quell tensions.
Ozerov said, “This could be viewed as an act of aggression of the US against a UN nation,” according to local media reports.”
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In response to a question on whether President Trump may launch attacks in Syria, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov said, “Think about negative consequences”.
Safronkov added, “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.”