In a dramatic turn of events, following president Donald Trump’s missile attack on Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Kremlin is suspending a memorandum with America that prevented military conflict between the two countries, The Independent reported Friday.
Russia’s retaliatory response to Trump’s decision to attack Syria has pushed the two nations to the brink of war. As tensions escalate, the chances of military conflict seem higher than they have ever been.
As noted by The Independent:
Under the memorandum, signed after Russia launched an air campaign in Syria in September 2015, Russia and the US had exchanged information about their flights to avoid incidents in the crowded skies over Syria — where Russia has several dozen warplanes and batteries of air-defense missiles.
The so-called “deconfliction line” between the US and Russia has been credited by a number of US pilots with helping keep them safe. While the US air campaign in Syria tends to steer clear of areas where Russia is in operation, ending such co-operation is seen by activists in the region as a worrying turn.
Russia’s decision to suspend the accord directly endangers U.S. troops in and around Syria. Russia appears to be retaliating against America for taking action against its close ally, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, after the Syrian military launched a lethal chemical attack on civilians earlier this week.
The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement saying, “The very presence of US troops and other countries on the territory of Syria, without the consent of the Government or the decision of the UN Security Council is a gross, obvious and unwarranted violation of international law.”
The Trump administration has yet to respond to Russia’s violent escalation of the situation in Syria. Is military conflict with Russia imminent? The chances seem higher than they have ever been.
Hypocritically, Russia has been deeply involved in Syria, helping the Assad regime brutally slaughter civilians and commit a series of war crimes.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more updates.