Putin discussed the situation in Syria in a telephone call with Rouhani [Reuters]
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, that further strikes by Western allies in Syria will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations.
In a phone conversation on Sunday, the two leaders weighed in on the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain launched coordinated strikes on Syria’s alleged chemical facilities, Russian news agency RIA cited the Kremlin.
The leaders stated that “this illegal action seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement in Syria,” RIA quoted Kremlin’s press service as saying.
“Putin stressed that if such actions, committed in violation of the UN Charter, continue, it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,” it added.
On Saturday, the 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 strikes 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 there are any more chemical attacks
Speaking to an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Saturday, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said: “If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded.
Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to United Nations, said the strikes were an “attack against international law,” and called on the three countries to stop supporting “terrorists” in Syria.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin, has described the strikes as an “act of aggression” and warned they could worsen the humanitarian crisis in Syria.