When Donald Trump warned Barack Obama: 'Stay Out of Syria'

Posted April 08, 2017

Russian representatives had previously warned that a USA attack would lead to "negative consequences".

Kalin said: "The destruction of the Sharyat airbase marks an important step to ensure that chemical and conventional attacks against the civilian population do not go unpunished".

"A few days later they translated this belief into action on the ground with chemical weapons", he says.

The Pentagon said the Russian military, which is supporting the Syrian government, had been informed ahead of the U.S. attack. Another statement, also attributed to an unnamed official, referred to "losses". He told Al Arabiya TV that a fire raged for two hours in the base, until it was put out.

But Russia, one of Assad's fiercest allies in the conflict, condemned the US attack as an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".

"Vladimir Putin believes that complete disregard for factual information about the use by terrorists of chemical weapons drastically aggravates the situation", it said in a statement.

The attack was the first direct USA assault on Syria and the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year war there.

Notably, Trump's biggest backer in the Britain - populist firebrand Nigel Farage - broke with the American president on his first major military decision.

"On Tuesday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a frightful chemical attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent.

We have very high confidence that the attacks involved the use of sarin nerve gas", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters late Thursday.

President Vladimir Putin believes that US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base broke worldwide law and have seriously hurt US-Russia relations, Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying on Friday.

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March 19, 2013: The Syrian government and opposition trade accusations over a gas attack that killed some 26 people, including more than a dozen government soldiers, in the town of Khan al-Assal in northern Syria.

Syria rejected the accusations, and Moscow had warned against apportioning blame until an investigation has been carried out.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that "unconditional support is not possible in this current world". "This is totally wrong". Since the early days of the Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, Russian Federation has been providing military support to Assad.

The surprise action marked a striking reversal for Trump, who warned as a candidate against the US getting pulled into the Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year.

October 14, 2013: Syria becomes a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, prohibiting it from producing, stockpiling or using chemical weapons.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there were no reports of any Russians being hurt in the attack. Speaking Thursday on Air Force One, Trump said the attack "shouldn't have happened, and it shouldn't be allowed to happen".

April 4, 2017: President Donald Trump issues a statement saying that the "heinous" actions of Assad's government are the direct result of Obama administration's 'weakness and irresolution'. European nations have generally taken a low-key approach to military involvement in Syria since the conflict started in 2011.

Israel President Reuven Rivlin praised the USA for its barrage of tomahawk missiles launched at an airbase at Shayrat called on the world in bringing the atrocities committed by Bashar al Assad to an end.

He added: "The whole world rightly condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but the USA attack on the Assad regime does nothing to lower tensions, nor will it hasten peace in that country".

Russian Federation strongly objected to provisions in that draft and circulated its own text which diplomats said wasn't acceptable to the three Western nations. The 10 elected council members then presented what they hoped would be a compromise text on Thursday that addressed a key Russian objection - spelling out Syrian government obligations to investigators.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said the canceled vote "opens a window of opportunity" to keep working to find a compromise. It was unclear where another 36 had landed, it said, promising Syrian air defences would now be beefed up.