Trump walks back plan for more sanctions on Russia
Apr 17 2018
Meanwhile, Turkey has welcomed air strikes on the Syrian government as an "appropriate" response, a foreign ministry source said on Saturday.
USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at Saturday's emergency meeting that the three countries "acted to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity". And it shouldn't just be us doing it.
For the moment, the angry rhetoric isn't scaring financial markets.
The Russian military said the missiles were fired from USA ships in the Red Sea as well as from tactical aircraft above the Mediterranean and by U.S. strategic bombers from near the Al-Tanf base.
The sanctions are created to hit Russian Federation for its support for the Assad government after last week's apparent chemical attack on Syrian civilians.
Fortunately, the US-led strikes were carefully tailored not to hit Russian or Iranian interests in Syria. There may be too much bad blood, too much suspicion and too much anger on both sides to turn the animosity around.
"The US mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible". "We hope there will be no point of no return".
The result has been an unprecedented wave of retaliations and tit-for-tat actions.
"The American movies have shown since the 1990s that Russian-made weapons are 'backward.' However, today we can see who is really lagging behind", Assad said, according to Sablin. His company lost half its value in a day after the sanctions were announced.
Now Russia will pay an economic price for backing Assad in the form of more economic sanctions, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday.
"What kind of cooperation can there be?"
"More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets", the ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency, adding that "a significant number" were shot down by Syrian air defences. They need to do more. "This does not happen".
Syrian air defenses did all they could to protect the country.
"We would still welcome cooperation with Russian Federation that will do the right thing and join the rest of the world in condemning the Assad regime for its horrific actions and ensuring they can not happen again", Huntsman said.
Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.
The White House countered the Post's story, with spokesman Raj Shah telling the paper, "while we would like to work with Russian Federation, when faced with their malign activities on the global stage, the president will hold them accountable".
Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the airstrikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis.
The diplomat added that talks about the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between Russian Federation and the United States will be possible only after Washington begins to implement it.
In the meantime, though, routine diplomacy has given way to pettiness. "It followed that this month with penalties against Mr. Putin's inner circle, singling out some of Russia's richest men and top government officials".
Trump, previously reluctant to criticize Putin directly even as others in his administration have done so, has dropped any such restraint. That did not mean military strikes would continue.
He has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country, with rebels and jihadist insurgents largely contained to two areas on Syria's northern and southern borders.
Russian Federation on Saturday called US airstrikes on Syria "treacherous and insane" and a "clear and present danger to world peace". But the risk of close calls - and potentially lethal conflicts -remains.
The White House said that despite events in Syria and the poisoning of a spy on British soil, Trump still wanted to sit down with Putin.
The senior administration official said, "What you've seen tonight is not the end of the United States response".
"We can not depend on what someone on the other side of the ocean takes into his head in the morning".
Nonetheless, there are signs that the two sides, amid the standoff, haven't completely cut off ties, providing a thin possibility that the United States sanctions, the heated rhetoric and the Russian accusations of USA mendacity mask a desire to get along. The price of Brent crude oil jumped to a three-year high last week on the back of escalating tensions in the Middle East (as of 15 April the price sits at $72.58 per barrel).