Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday issued a stern warning to the US and western countries of global “chaos” if they attack Syria again.
Referring to the US-led strikes in Syria, Putin said, “If such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations.”
The warning came a day after Donald Trump’s statement that the US was “locked and loaded” to strike Syria again if the country carries out new chemical attacks.
In a telephonic conversation with his Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Putin said that the strikes launched by the US and its allies against Syria had seriously damaged the chances of achieving a peaceful resolution in the Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.
The ties between the US and Russia were at standstill for the last one year and further deteriorated after the US-led strikes in three Syrian cities in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma.
Earlier, condemning the strikes, Putin had said that Washington launched “an aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.”
Russia took the matter to the United Nations and brought the UN Security Council vote seeking condemnation of the US-led strikes in Syria. However, the vote was rejected by the council.
During the UN Security Council emergency meeting held on Saturday, Russia and US envoys indulged in a bitter exchange.
Russia’s UN envoy, Vassily Nebenzia accused the US and its allies of “hooliganism” and “cynical disdain” after they acted without waiting for the results of an investigation into the Douma incident.