US-led strikes On Syria An Act Of Aggression Says Putin, Calls An Emergency Meeting of UNSC

| April 14 , 2018 , 14:44 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the air strike on Syria launched by the US and its allies as an "act of aggression" that will enhance humanitarian destruction in Syria.

Putin said that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of international relations."

As per reports, the Russian leader called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council over the strike launched by the US, Britain, and France.

He criticised the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.  

Putin reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake. He added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

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Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said the Salisbury case and the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma were related. He said these were neither incidental nor accidental.

“They (western nations) are trying to put Russia into the centre of the international discussion,” he said

Earlier in the day, the Russian ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov tweeted, "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.

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The US in a joint operation with UK and France launched an air strike targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities at Damascus, after a poison gas attack reportedly killed at least 60 people on April 7.

The air strike is also being criticised by several US leaders who are of the opinion that it would strengthen the terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda.