The Russian government warned the United States of ‘grave consequences’ should the US attack Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack Monday; adding the Kremlin would be forced to respond to any aggression in the region.
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia issued the threat at a UN meeting this week, again claiming “there was no chemical weapons attack” near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
“Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the U.S. that armed force under mendacious pretext against Syria – where, at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed – could lead to grave repercussions,” he added.
“History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria,” said US Ambassador Nikki Haley. “Either way, the United States will respond.”
The threat comes as President Trump cancels a visit to South America in order to “oversee” the American response.