Russia's Putin predicts global 'chaos' if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin has
told Iranian Presiden Hassan
Rouhani that further attacks by
Western allies in Syria would
inevitably lead to chaos in
international relations.
In a phone conversation on Sunday,
the two leaders agreed that “this illegal
action seriously damages the prospects
for a political settlement in
Syria,” Russian news agency
RIA quoted the Kremlin press service
as saying.
Putin and Rouhani were discussing the
situation in Syria after the United
States, France and Britain launched
coordinated attacks on Syria’s alleged
chemical facilities,
“Putin stressed that if such actions,
committed in violation of the UN
Charter, continue, it will inevitably
lead to chaos in international
relations,” RIA added.
On Saturday, US, French and British
forces targeted three sites in Syria,
which, according to US President
Donald Trump, are associated with the
chemical weapon capabilities of
Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president.
The coordinated attacks came as a
response to the Syrian regime’s alleged
use of chemical weapons in Douma last
week, killing scores of civilians.
The US has warned it “is locked and
loaded” to strike Syria if any more
chemical attacks occur.
Speaking to an emergency session of
the UN Security Council on Saturday,
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the
United Nations, said: “If the Syrian
regime uses this poisonous gas again,
the United States is locked and
loaded.”
Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador
to United Nations, said the attacks
were an “attack against international
law,” and called on the three countries
to stop supporting “terrorists” in Syria.
Meanwhile, Putin has described the
attacks as an “act of aggression” and
warned they could worsen the
humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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