Putin Responds: Syria Strikes "Cripple US-Russia Relations"; Deploys Missile Warship To Syria

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Responding to Trump's unexpected military attack on Syria in which 59 cruise missiles were launched (of which only 23 allegedly hit their target), Russian President Vladimir Putin "regards the strikes as aggression against a sovereign nation,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that the president believes the strikes were carried out “in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext.”

The Kremlin spokesman insisted that “the Syrian army doesn’t have chemical weapons,” saying this had been “observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a special UN unit.”

The Russian president said he sees the US missile strikes as an attempt to distract attention from civilian casualties in Iraq, Peskov added.

“This step deals significant damage to US-Russian ties, which are already in a deplorable state,” Peskov said and added that the US has been ignoring the use of chemical weapons by terrorists and this is dramatically aggravating the situation, in Putin’s opinion.

“The main thing, Putin believes, is that this move [by the U.S.] doesn’t draw us nearer to the end goal in the fight with international terrorism and on the contrary, deals a serious setback to the creation of an international coalition in the fight with it,” Peskov said.

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Other Russians took the opportunity to opine as well, led by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov who said the US missile attack on a Syrian airbase is an act of aggression under a far-fetched pretext and is reminiscent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Quoted by Tass, the top Russian diplomat said "It is an act of aggression under a completely far-fetched pretext. This is reminiscent of the situation in 2003, when the US and the UK, along with some of their allies, invaded Iraq without the consent of the UN Security Council and in violation of international law."

"When speaking about the military intervention in Iraq many years after it happened, Tony Blair (who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007) acknowledged that they had misled everybody," Lavrov emphasized. "Now they did not even bother to provide any facts referring only to photos," he noted. "They indulged in speculations on children’s photos, on evidence provided by various non-governmental organizations, including the so-called White Helmets, which staged various 'incidents' to instigate action against the Syrian government."

Moscow will demand truth of Idlib events, Lavrov stressed. "It is regrettable that all these causes do more harm to the already damaged relations between Russia and the United States. Hope remains that these provocations will not entail irreversible effects," Lavrov said.

Russian lawmakers also took to the microphone on Friday, warning that the U.S. airstrikes in Syria could lead to an escalation of conflict in the Middle East and dash any plans for a U.S.-Russian coalition against terrorism.

“It’s a new round of escalation in the Middle East. These ill-judged, irresponsible actions don’t contribute to global security, security in the Middle East,” Andrei Krasov, the first deputy head of the defense committee in the Russian lower house of parliament, told state news agency RIA. “Other military conflicts, an expansion of military conflicts, are entirely possible,” he added.

Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said the airstrikes meant the possibility of a broad antiterror coalition in Syria “bites the dust before it was even born.”

He said the aim of the U.S. strike was to “rubber stamp” responsibility on Mr. Assad’s for the chemical attack in Idlib province on Tuesday. “‘The walls of Trump’ are multiplying. And everything started so well. It’s a real shame,” said a post on the Facebook page of Mr. Kosachev, head of the international relations committee in Russia’s upper house of Parliament.

Another lawmaker, Mikhail Emelyanov, warned against the risk of clashes between Russian and U.S. forces. “The U.S. is being dragged into the war in Syria in the full knowledge that Russia is supporting Syria and our troops are there, which means it’s fraught with direct clashes between Russia and the U.S. and the consequences could be the most serious, even armed clashes and exchanges of strikes,” Mr. Emelyanov told Interfax news agency.

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In immediate response, Moscow suspended its memorandum of understanding on flight safety in Syria with the US following the missile strike, calling the attack “a demonstration of force.” The Russian military has supported the Syrian government’s version of the events in Idlib, saying that Damascus attacked an arms depot where chemical weapons had been stockpiled by Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front militants.

“Without bothering to investigate anything, the US went forward with a demonstration of force, a military confrontation with a country that is fighting international terrorism,” the Foreign Ministry’s statement reads.

“Obviously, the cruise missile attack was prepared beforehand. Any expert can tell that the decision to strike was made in Washington before the events in Idlib, which were used as a pretext for a demonstration,” the statement reads.

The Memorandum on air safety was signed in October 2015, after Russia came to Syria to fight international terrorism at the invitation of the country’s government. The document of understanding was designed to prevent possible mishaps between the Russian and US Air Forces operating independently in the region.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the attack as an example of the “reckless attitude” that has only worsened “existing world issues” and created a “threat to international security.”

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Additionally, according to Tass, in response to the strikes, the Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will be deployed to the Tartus naval base in Syria. The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Grigorovich, currently on a routine voyage, will enter the Mediterranean later on Friday, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS, adding that the ship would make a stop at the logistics base in Syria’s port of Tartus.

"The Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus, Syria," the source said.

The Admiral Grigorovich is currently near the Black Sea straits. It is scheduled to enter the Mediterranean at about 14:00 Moscow time. The ship left on a voyage after replenishing supplies at Novorossiisk and taking part in a joint exercise with Turkish ships in the Black Sea. Tass's source said the frigate’s presence off Syria’s shores will depend on the situation.

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Haus-Targaryen's picture

<-- Vlad

<-- Trump

Who wins Round 2?

Max Damage's picture

So this twat thinks stocks on record high GAAP PE's are fucking sensible then?

FrozenGoodz's picture

You guys said Hillary was going to get us into WWIII tho?

CuttingEdge's picture

Trump truly is a dumb cunt on geo-politics. The image that springs to mind is him sitting in a playpen in the White House and dictating foreign policy based on watching Fox News - because its nailed on the Deep State treat him like a mushroom - keep him in the dark and feed him bullshit.

An example of how utterly bereft of a clue he is: He appoints ex-Fox commentator Sebastian Gorka as his anti-terrorist" advisor. This is the twat who has claimed on Fox ad infinitum that Iran is the world's biggest state sponsor of terror. To see how fucked in the head Gorka is, draw up a ledger, put the Shiite Iranians on the left and Sunni Wahabbi/Salafist goat-fuckers from Riyadh on the right. Then list every recorded terrorist incident going back twenty years, according to their sect. The left hand side of that balance sheet is pretty fucking sparse while the right is pages long.

Then there is his Zionist son-in-law Kushner sucking Netanyahu's dick...and all suddenly becomes clear.

This move was that bad even the rabid zionist-dominated Breitbart commentators have turned on him.

Right now Trump reminds me of Steve Martin's Ruprecht in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - can someone do us all a favour and please put a fucking cork on the end of his fork?

fleur de lis's picture

Trump has really dangerous advisors.

froze25's picture

He literally just lost half his supporters.

hestroy's picture

No. He just changed them. Now he has all "democrats".

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Although he lost many supporters today, he just picked up half the Russia-phobe now turned war party Dems

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Still wondering who was responsible for the chemical weapons use.  Assad or McCains boys?  Likely we will never know because you can not trust the media nor the US Intelligence nor Russian Intelligence nor anyone with an ax to grind.  

hestroy's picture

If you have any doubts, half of your brain is missing.

tmosley's picture

After sleeping on it, and gathering some new information this morning, I think the 4D chess move here was to unite the people, right and left, against him and to show them which of their leaders are warmongers while at the same time uniting all the shitheads in congress behind him.

The pivot will be some move that either reconciles these two coalitions, finally re-uniting the country, or facilitating the purge of all of his enemies turned warmongering "friends" by that people's coalition, even if he himself is a victim of that purge.

I fear that he has been reading "The Golden Bough".

freewolf7's picture

There is no justification for sending missiles into Syria.


Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

So were the rest taken down by Russia?

SoDamnMad's picture

Maybe they were never fired. Two ships. 20-something missiles each. Those ships would have to return to someplace they could rearm. That's important hardware taken offline that aren't easily replaced in a few days.  Sure hope it was old obsolete stock.  Janet, print faster. 

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

There is no justification for sending missiles into Syria...

 unless your tribe has been chosen by god, or you are one of their minions

It seems Trump is one of their minions, and his whole family has/is gonna marry jews

white horse's picture

I do hope you are right.

barndoor's picture

Why do I get the feeling that we'll soon be watching video of a dozen Russian hookers peeing on DJT?

AVmaster's picture

Yea, And I Got A Bridge To Sell Ya...

AnonG-Man's picture

Perhaps you lost some brain cells while sleeping too.  Syrian Air Force personnel died in this illegal attack by the United States.  Syrians have long been defending their country against terrorists and the United States was duped, yet again.  So we are to believe we killed them in a sacrifice to "reunite" this broken country?  We are going to war on behalf of mercenary scum and radicals financed and armed by numerous countries, including our own.   I highly recommend reading this article to understand the kind of people that are killing Syrians on a daily basis, the very same that are drawing the United States into war, and those Syrians that have fought to defend themselves.

SoDamnMad's picture

But, but, Maxine Waters said .... Oh, that was North Korea Putin invaded.  Sorry. My bad. 

veritas semper vinces's picture

Very well said.Jewmerica is Al Qaeda and ISIS army without no doubt now

ThisIsMadness's picture

The problem with that is that THEY, all of DC, are not for the American People. He may have garnered the shitheads support, but loss the People's support. The only Purge I see happening, is in the movie. The majority of American's today have never had to fight  for anything (not for a job, or food, or clothing, etc.) and act like an old dog's that just wants to lay down and naw on his bone. They will do nothing but rant and rave in an on-line forum.

It is Madness. 

Big Twinkie's picture

Ranting and raving online is better than firing missiles into a sovereign nation.  Better to talk than go off half cocked.

WTFUD's picture

Golden something, anyway! This Real-Estate Mogul-Jerk-Clown is way the fuck out of his League up against these Seasoned Warmongering Treasonous Pond-life such as McCain. Best go build another Tower in Tel-Aviv & Riyadh.

Zero Point's picture

Damn straight. Anyone that thinks Assad had the motive or even the opportunity for this crime, is fucking retarded.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

Could it be that it was a false flag event by the deep state, unbeknown to Trump? Nah! He's not that stupid ... is he?

shamus001's picture

Isn't it illegal for a state Sentor to conduct negotiations with foreign dignitaries?  Especially foreign war groups actively in battle?  WHO THE F*CK DOES HE THINK HE IS? STARK INDUSTRIES REP?

JRobby's picture

Soros / McCain axis of Satan

SoDamnMad's picture

“White Helmets primary function is propaganda” reported an independent journalist, who tied the group to George Soros and the controversial advocacy group Avaaz. 

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Soros / McCain axis of Satan

the axis is WAY ABOVE them

Soros is a Rothschild minion

McCain is a Rothschild minion

Mentaliusanything's picture

Ask only "Who benefits" from a gas attack, Who hangs on the gallows "wrongly" and who will not "rightfully' , Follow the money and ask who wins and who owns the News. There was a terrorist attack in Russia on a subway and No lights on any bridge or monument throughout the entire World were lit in support or sympathy. Since August 1991 the cold war was defeated by Russian people who love their own Children.

Think least your life be taken by Bankers

(and Jews)

J S Bach's picture

Could this be a Putin/Trump ploy?  Show the world a bold, belligerent face... bring us all to the precipice... and then miraculously make amends and come to some kind of grand alliance at the last minute?  Maybe they're playing the media and deep staters into believing they've won - only to turn on them in the double cross?  That's the naive optimist in me musing.

Giant Meteor's picture

It appears that this was the objective. Once again, all those accusing Trump of being a Putin lover, cozying up with Russian influences are immediately silenced. So my call once again, it's all bullshit.

Furthermore, as I read the above Russian response to the attack, it is strangely tame, and benign.

Things ain't quite adding up ..

Think about the things that just got pushed out of the "news."

As always, cui bono ..

American Gorbachev's picture

yep, the LOHNOT principle in play again (Look Over Here, Not Over There)

seems that DT was paying attention to POTUS 42 back in the 1990's

whenever the polls headed south, legislative agenda stalled, or ugly headlines needed superseding, just ....

launch cruise missiles into iraq, afghanistan, or sudan

and TADA... ugly headlines replaced with "strong leader" bullshit

PT's picture

Hillary must be really pissed that Trump stole her foreign policy, especially as so many would not vote for her because of it.

Perhaps the Dems were right in the beginning when they said Trump would start WWIII with Russia (as if they weren't trying to do the same thing).  Trump really threw them off when he said he would try and get along with Russia.  Then they said he was colluding with Russia ... perhaps they should have stuck with their original argument.

This little incident gives credence to the idea that Trump was a Dem plant all along, except I don't think the Repubs were about to do anything different anyway.

So now the question arises:  If Trump was a Deep State plant all along then what was he hired to do that they could get neither the Dems nor the Repubs to do??????

Whoa Dammit's picture

Now we know why (((they))) got rid of Gen. Flynn. He was to smart to go along with this shit, and would have tried to stop it.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Now we know why (((they))) got rid of Gen. Flynn. He was to smart to go along with this shit, and would have tried to stop it.

VD's picture

Trump the lifelong registered democrat used the republican party to.....kick off WW3 while idiots keep believing he is playing 4D chess......yeah, sure, he is playing 4D chess thinking he is ahead and doing yuuuuge moves all while he has set himself up for checkmate many moves ago.


anyone can play 4D chess like they can play 4d checkers, but very few actually master the game.

herbivore's picture

I doubt Trump can play chess at all. He's obviously a checkers man.

Giant Meteor's picture

Preside over the bankruptcy proceeeding?

Handful of Dust's picture

I am totally pissed at this action based on zero evidence from what the public can see and there's also zero motive for Assad to kill his own people.


However, as bad as it is, Hitlery is much much worse. We would be attacking Russia as well as the entire middle east, handing out 5x more to the FSA, immigrants and terrorists would be flooding into the country, and crackas would be thrid class citizens forced to pay Hillary's "Reparation tax."

Poopy's picture

RACIST HINDUphobic, Christophobic ANTISEMITIC 'Nazi Israeli Joos


Raise your hand if you use a word that you are too stupid to know what it means?



It's socialist jo0 Saul Alinsy Rules For Radicals name calling and personal attacks.
That's what cowardly lying j00bag propagandists do best!



Raise your hand if you are still too stupid to see what is going on?


They are the CHOSEN PEOPLE afterall.....


"1) Steal the acquired wealth of all White Run countries. Destroy the middle class, destroy all white culture, demonize whites, Christians, heterosexuals

2) Flood all white countries with muslims, wetbax and all the scum Israel would never take.

3) Instigate a nuclear war with Russia, the last FREE WHITE RUN COUNTRY...because they won't commit suicide by INVADER!

4) ALL White countries Nuke each other, white problem solved, GREATER ISRAEL AND THE JOO WORLD ORDER CAN NOW FLOURISH!


3/8/17 UPDATE

7 TRILLION $$$ FOR THE JOOS under Obama alone, AND NONE FOR YOUSE!!!!



4) How else can they destroy an Armed America? Got to NUKE THE USA FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT"

PT's picture

This could well be all the evidence we need to show the world that YOUR VOTE DOES NOT MATTER.  IT MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

But we all knew the odds.  98% vs 100%.

Of course, plenty of ZHers would rightly criticize me for being too late to the party.

A curse is on the short-term memory of the voters.

ZorroHedge's picture

Oh, still someone out here who believes Trump will protect the middle class ? 

NumberNone's picture

Hillary would have taken out Assad (or tried to), absolutely put us on confrontation with Russia, and left another vacuum in the ME for ISIS et al to thrive.  

What I'm still not getting is why Assad the day after getting the green light to stay in power by the US used chemical weapons.  Did he feel so safe in his seat that he thought he would use that moment to send a message to all that oppose him that he is literally fucking insane and willing to use WMD to stay in power?  Something doesn't add up.  Just use tanks and barrel bombs if you want to kill civilians...that the world is okay with.  

Absolutely disappointed in Trump here.  The non-politician candidate would have been moved by the dead babies but would have demanded more evidence of what happened and tell the world to fuck off while gathering it.  And if Trump thinks this does anything but buy him a momentary reprieve in the Dem hate spewed at him...he's got another thing coming.  


scrappy's picture


That is not good enough sir. Too many crimes have been committed with no justice, no rule of law.


If we continue to consent, we are a party to the crimes. We must act in a peaceful rational manner.

The camels back is broken, it’s over. The .gov is illegitimate. The contract is broken. The only thing to do reminds me of the sugar ray song, “When it’s over, that’s the time I fall in love again” We fall in love again with our own community, we give no energy to the criminally run under color of law fraud corporate .gov. What I mean is our only avenue is to form non incorporated self governing assemblies like the founders. Here is the guide. FROM DE FACTO TO DE JURE http://michiganassembly.info/index.php/handbook Do not protest, it gives them legitimacy. They are abbetting criminals. Here is what I mean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV4hxeFyb6s We, the good community decides what is lawful. We come together. We form assemblies. We form grand juries of the people and present the evidence to all. We the people decide, and banish the criminals from the circle of our legitimate community together. I believe this lady is on to the great fraud. Learn and begin. When we do, a new day will dawn for us true patriots, and lovers of freedom and justice. http://annavonreitz.com


Start with your self, then your family, your friends, your community.


A Deplorable Patriot


Seems like a touch, a touch too much.



QuantumEasing's picture

I like the cut of your jib.

/No homo.

Citium's picture

I told all the Trump supporters here this would happen. That he would turn his back on being any kind of freedom candidate.

QuantumEasing's picture

Yes, but Hitlery would have done this at 12:01 PM on January 20th.

This is a teachable moment.

QuantumEasing's picture

The Deep State likely knew that would happen, and this was their Check move.

Trump was foolish beyond words to go along with this. His ass is now flapping in the breeze.

It is deathly stupid to clutch a ((Scorpion)) to your bosom (looking at KUSHNER).