April 7, 2017
The US used a special military-to-military hotline to alert Russia about the strikes. It is likely Russia then told the Syrians about the incoming missiles but this has not been confirmed.
Tillerson also delivered some harsh words on Thursday and said Russia was either ‘complicit’ in the sarin attack on Tuesday that killed more than 80 people or ‘simply incompetent’ in getting Syria to fall in line.
Tillerson cited a 2013 UN security council resolution calling the Syrian government to surrender chemical weapons under the supervision of the Russian government.
US military action puts the new president at odds with Russia, which has air and ground forces in Syria after intervening in support of Assad in 2015 and turning the tide against mostly Sunni Muslim rebel groups.
Speaking about 30 minutes after the strikes were announced, Russia’s deputy UN envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, said: ‘We are receiving direct signals on this theme that such a military operation is being prepared.’
This article was posted: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:00 am