(RAF jet takes of on raid over Syria (picture BBC)Russia's Ambassador in Washington DC warned the USA and its allies there will be "consequences" in the wake of the US, UK and French (FUKUS axis) coordinated air strikes on Syria.
Russia feels threatened by the US decision to strike Syrian targets in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7, which Moscow believes was staged by western agents as justification for entry into Syria's civil war just as the Assad regime's forces, supported by troops from Iran were mopping up the last pockets of resistance from ISIS and Al Nusra front rebels.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences," Anatoly Antonov said in a statement on Friday night. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris."
Despite that and previous unequivocal warnings, US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Teresa May and France's President Macron ordered their nations' forces to strike military targets in Syria on Friday night. The Russian military operating in Syria was not notified in advance about the American targets, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters after the attacks.
The US "specifically identified” targets to “mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved," Dunford said. "We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace. We did not coordinate targets.”
While Trump said that the purpose of the US actions is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons,” Antonov reminded that "the US – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries."'