MOSCOW: New Western air strikes in Syria would provoke “chaos” in international relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, reports AFP.
Speaking to Rouhani by telephone the day after US-led strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities, Putin said “if such actions, carried out in violation of the United Nations Charter, are repeated, that would inevitably provoke chaos in international relations,” according to a statement from the Kremlin. The two leaders “found that this illegal action seriously damaged the prospects of a political settlement in Syria,” the statement said.
The United States, France and Britain on Saturday launched strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s government a week after an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, just east of the capital Damascus.Putin denounced on Saturday “with the utmost firmness” the strikes which he described as “an act of aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism”.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin on Monday said it still hopes for dialogue with Washington despite US-led strikes on Moscow’s ally Syria last week.
“We hope that, when our American colleagues solve their internal issues, some kind of communication will begin despite all the damage to (our) bilateral relations currently imposed by Washington,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
He added that there are no current discussions between the two countries on a possible summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The United States, Britain and France carried out attacks at the weekend on alleged chemical weapons facilities, in response to what they say was a toxic gas attack by the Russia-backed Assad regime a week before.
Moscow has said the US-led action was aimed at overthrowing Assad and keeping Russia’s influence in check.
The Western strikes have led to tensions between Washington and Moscow unseen since the Cold War. Vladimir Putin denounced them as “an act of aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism”.