Tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalated over the weekend to a new level after Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a joint statement warning of military retaliation.
They detailed that any further “crossing of red lines” against Syria would result in a response with “force.”
The statement concluded, “Russia and Iran will not allow America to dominate the world.”
Should Syria continue its attacks, another response from the Trump administration could mean war in the Middle East.
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A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran, and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base Friday crossed “red lines,” and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.
The United States fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base Friday from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched earlier in the week, escalating the U.S. role in Syria and drawing criticism from Assad’s allies including Russia and Iran.
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines,” said the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi (War Media). “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
“Russia and Iran will not allow America to dominate the world,” the statement concluded, according to CNN.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, blamed Russian inaction for helping fuel the chemical weapons attack it had reacted to, saying Moscow had failed to carry out a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria.
He said the United States expected Russia to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Assad because “every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility.”