( 4UMF NEWS ) Russia Threatens To War With United States:
Russia last night issued a chilling threat to assist Syria if the US leads military strikes against its hated regime.
As a summit of world leaders broke up in acrimony, Vladimir Putin declared openly that he is already supplying arms to Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad and vowed to step up support if a planned missile attack goes ahead.
There were gasps as the Russian President made his remarks after being asked how he would react if Barack Obama proceeds with an attack in response to Syria’s used of chemical weapons.
He said it was a ‘provocation by militants expecting aid’ and insisted that military action without the approval of the United Nations Security Council would ‘violate international law’.
He insisted most people in the US, UK and other countries calling for military intervention did not support it – and also pointed out the Pope had made clear the ‘inadmissability’ of such a move.
Last night, Russia issued a 27-page document on the conclusions of the G20 that made no mention of Syria, though the crisis had dominated discussions at St Petersburg.
In an unprecedented act of defiance for any recent international summit, eleven countries, including the US and the UK, issued their own statement demanding a ‘strong international response to the grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience’ by Assad’s regime.
The countries, which also included Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Turkey, said they would ‘support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons’.
Mr Cameron, whose failure to win the support of Parliament for British participation on military action was ridiculed by Mr Putin, attacked the ‘dangerous doctrine’ that military action is only legal with United Nations backing.
He said Britain and other Western nations could not ‘contract out our foreign policy, our morality, to the potential of a Russian veto’.
Insisting Mr Obama is no ‘warmonger’, the Prime Minister said world leaders would set an appalling precedent if they failed to respond to the use of chemical weapons.
After more than hours of fruitless talks that went on into the early hours of the morning, Mr Cameron insisted Russia’s claim the Syrian rebels – not Assad’s hated regime — were responsible for a gas attack killing nearly 1,500 people was ‘miles from the truth’.
The Prime Minister attacked the argument made by countries opposing US-led missile strikes on Damascus that any intervention made without the approval of the UN Security Council would be illegal, even on humanitarian grounds.
- Syria: Russia will stand by Assad over any US strikes, warns Putin (telegraph.co.uk)
- Cameron warns of Syria ‘morality’ (standard.co.uk)
- G20 fails to heal rift over Syria, US gives up on Russia nod (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
- U.S. Accuses Russia Of Holding UN ‘Hostage’ (rferl.org)