Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Sunday that any further attacks on Syria could bring the world into chaos. This statement comes as U.S. political leaders in Washington consider the possible ramifications of imposing stricter economic sanctions on Russia.
In a recent telephone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the western air strikes against Syria have severely damaged the prospects of achieving a political resolution to the seven-year Syrian conflict, according to a statement issued by the Kremlin.
President Trump issued the missile strikes on Syria in the early Saturday morning hours, alongside European allies, France and Britain. The attacks focused on a science lab and two chemical weapons depots. This action was meant to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons after a supposed attack last week that used chlorine, and sarin gas killed dozens of people.
Over the last several years, Putin and the country of Iran have maintained their support for Assad, despite widespread claims of him using chemical weapons, which Russia vowed to end in 2013.
Saturday, the Russian government introduced a new U.N. resolution that would condemn the ally forces from launching a joint strike against Syria.
Their decision did not pass and only earned a handful of votes that included Russia, Bolivia, and China. However, even though the resolution presented before the U.N. did not garner enough votes to pass, Putin still has not changed his mind on the issue.
The Kremlin said in a statement about the call between the two world leaders that, “Vladimir Putin, in particular, emphasized that if such actions continue in violation of the UN Charter, this will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations.”
Top leaders in Washington however, see it differently, stating that the purpose of the strike was intended only to send a clear message to Assad that chemical weapons will not be tolerated any further.
“When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line,” Niki Haley said at an emergency U.N. meeting called by Russia. “We are prepared to sustain this pressure if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will.”