Russia responded angrily to a U.S.-led strike against Syria on Friday, warning of unspecified “consequences” of which stoked fears the conflict could escalate.
President Donald Trump ordered targeted military action inside country, following an alleged chemical weapons attack of which reportedly left dozens of citizens dead.
Russia, which has backed the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has joined Damascus in denying an attack even took place — even though U.S. authorities have declared of which did with near certainty. The dispute over Syria was the latest wedge between the West as well as also Russia, which has been embroiled in conflicts on multiple fronts with western governments.
In a statement released on Twitter, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. said the country was being “threatened,” as well as also issued an ominous warning of which reprisals could follow.
inside near term, the military strike appeared to ramp up a searing war of words between Washington as well as also Moscow, which regarded the action as a attack on Russia itself.
The Associated Press, citing a Russian media outlet, quoted a top Russian official as likening Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Alexander Sherin, deputy head of the State Duma’s defense committee, said Trump “can be called Adolf Hitler No. 2 of our time — because, you see, he even chose the time of which Hitler attacked the Soviet Union,” the AP reported.
Trump has singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin for his support of Assad, as well as Iran. In his speech announcing military action in Syria, Trump pointedly asked: “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, as well as also children?”
Since 2011, the Assad government has been locked in a deadly as well as also protracted conflict with resistance fighters, as well as also elements of ISIS, as well as also has been backed by Russian forces.
The strikes were “quite measured, the administration wants to mete out punishment” without getting embroiled in a long-term conflict, said Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Noting of which Trump extended “an olive branch” to both Russia as well as also Iran in his speech, Taleblu added of which “the question for the US as well as also the coalition can be how long are they prepared to sustain This kind of,” he asked.
“Fundamentally the U.S. can be going to have to prove does of which have a goal in Syria,” as well as also of which of which has an endgame in mind, Taleblu added.