Russia and Iran have issued a joint statement threatening use of force if President Trump strikes Syria again.
In a statement from the alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, consisting of Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime, they released a statement that if their own “red line” is crossed again, they will “respond with force.”
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well,” the group’s joint command center said.
Donald Trump said the strike – on the al Sharyat airbase near Homs, with more than 60 Tomahawk missiles was “representing the world.” That base was reportedly used by the Syrian Air Force to conduct the attack, which killed more than 70 people.
Sunday, Michael Fallon, the UK Defense Secretary, said that Vladimir Putin is “responsible for every civilian death” in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, The Independent is reporting.
Britain, France and the United States have accused Assad’s regime of gassing the opposition-held town, despite the claim that Damascus destroyed their entire stockpile of chemical weapons under Russian supervision in 2013.
The statement by the “joint command” said that the missile strike would not deter it from “liberating” Syria and that the military presence in the country’s northern region amounted to an “illegal occupation.”
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that Moscow had failed to carry out the 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria.
“The failure related to the recent strike and the recent terrible chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia’s part to achieve its commitment to the international community,” he said on ABC’s This Week.
Mr Tillerson is expected in Moscow in the coming days for talks with Russian officials.
He stopped short of accusing Russia of being directly involved in the planning or execution of the attack.
But he said the US expected Russia to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Mr Assad because “every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility.”