Russia warns:US strikes on I.S. in Syria “gross violation” of int’l law



assad putin cartoonRussia has warned that US air strikes against militants in Syria would be a “gross violation” of international law.

A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said any such action, without the backing of the UN, would be “an act of aggression”.

It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia to try to build a coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants.

President Obama has threatened action against IS in Syria as well as Iraq.

IS controls large parts of Syria and Iraq after a rapid military advance.

In a speech outlining his strategy, Mr Obama said any group that threatened America would “find no safe haven”.

He also announced that 475 US military personnel would be sent to Iraq but said they would not have a combat role.

But the statement brought a strong reaction from Russia, which has been an ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“The US president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the US armed forces against Isil (IS) positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government,” ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich was quoted as saying.

“This step, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.”

Syria also repeated its warning that the US had to co-ordinate with the Syrian government before launching air strikes on its territory.

“Any action of any kind without the consent of the Syrian government would be an attack on Syria,” National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar said on Thursday.

Last month Syria offered to help the US fight Islamic State, however the US ruled that out.

The US has launched more than 150 air strikes against the group in Iraq and has provided arms to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting against IS.

The jihadist group has become notorious for its brutality, recording their beheadings of enemy soldiers and Western journalists.

Rebel training

Mr Kerry, who arrived in the Red Sea port of Jeddah on Thursday, will hold talks with representatives of Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich Gulf states as well as Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Nato member Turkey.

Reports say that among the issues to be discussed are training for Syrian rebels on Saudi soil and broader permission from regional states to use their airspace in order to increase the capacity of US aircraft.

In a 15-minute speech shown at peak time in the US on Wednesday, President Obama vowed that America would lead “a broad coalition to roll back” IS.

“Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting Isil targets as Iraqi forces go on the offense,” he said.

President Obama was elected in part because of fervent opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and presided over the US troop pullout from the country.

Last year, President Obama abandoned plans to launch airstrikes in Syria against government forces after congressional opposition.

In his speech, he ruled out working with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, despite the fact that his forces are also engaged in fighting IS.

Instead, he said, the US would seek to strengthen the non-IS Syrian opposition, which fights against both IS and President Assad.

Syria’s Western-backed National Coalition welcomed Mr Obama’s plan, and urged Congress to approve it.

However, the BBC’s Jim Muir in northern Iraq says the Syrian opposition is fragmented and dominated by Islamists, who may be opposed to IS but are seeking Islamic rule rather than democracy.

Kerry ridicules Russian talk of intl law

US Secretary of State John Kerry labelled as laughable today Russian claims that a US campaign against the Islamic State is unilateral and violates international law.

“I must say if it weren’t so serious what’s happening in Ukraine one might almost laugh at the idea of Russia raising the issue of international law or any question of the UN,” Kerry told reporters.

“I am really rather surprised that Russia would dare to assert any notion of international law after what has happened in Crimea and eastern Ukraine,” Kerry added.

BBC and Business Standard



22 responses to “Russia warns:US strikes on I.S. in Syria “gross violation” of int’l law”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    A note from a Gross Violator … I’ll throw in an old saying ….
    ‘Takes one to know one.’

  2. Scott Sinnock Avatar
    Scott Sinnock

    Bombing another country for no direct threat is bad? for an ideology? for the beheading of one American? How quaint.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      But they MADE the ‘direct threat’. Ooopsie. Big and fiery response welcomed.
      And Russia hates to find they made ANOTHER bad investment with Assad.

    2. The real lebanese Avatar
      The real lebanese

      Sorry Assad and co couldn’t fight these terrorists themselves. IS actually seems to be growing in Syria more than Iraq where US has kept it in check. IS has no place to stay, isnt that quaint?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Soon, Real, we will hear crying over the poor dead ISIS crews as they get targeted by those bad American planes … and the last three years of women and kids dying won’t even be a passing note.

        1. $89733098 Avatar

          U wanna impress me? Let the us go after the terrorists that downed the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. Oh wait the us isn’t powerful enough to take on the Russians. What a joke this world is

          1. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            Obama isnt the strongest….

      2. $89733098 Avatar

        Which Syria are you talking about? The Syrian dictator or the rebels? Coz the rebels certainly have been fighting this creation of asshead and Iran but the Americans have done all they could to prevent the legitimate rebels from gaining any weapons.

        1. The real lebanese Avatar
          The real lebanese

          The regime of course. Forgot to put my usual Assad and co. Its been a long day.

  3. Scott Sinnock Avatar
    Scott Sinnock

    Hmmmmm…. how are my comments linked to this page? no problem there, just a technical question. I learned the first rule when I got my Q, “If you write it or say it you no longer own it.” — let alone if you announce it the world on a blog.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      These days, if you hang it out there, everyone can take a piece of it. 😉
      (errrr …. what’s a Q? Is it related to an A?)

  4. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    “I am really rather surprised that Russia would dare to assert any notion of international law after what has happened in Crimea and eastern Ukraine,” Kerry added.

    This really needs to be bolded in the article. Burn the terrorists out of Syria since Russia’s allies in the region have failed.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Hell … they are still trying to find all the pieces of passengers from a civilian plane – let alone collect all the parts and have inspections from inspectors of all the countries represented.
      Russia doesn’t want to hear ‘international law’ mentioned if it comes close to them.

      1. $89733098 Avatar

        “Russia doesn’t want to hear ‘international law’ mentioned if it comes close to them”

        Just like the yanks, Israelis, Syrians etc etc don’t. World is full of hypocrisy.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Certainly is ….

  5. ^A gross violation of international law^!That is right !It is funny !!!!

  6. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Invading Ukrain is not violation of international law but bombing even ISIS who threatened to kick your ass Putin is? what the hell is wrong with you boy?

    1. The real lebanese Avatar
      The real lebanese

      He was waiting for the US to form a coalition including Syria and Russia. With the US doing its own thing it foils his plan to flex on the global level. Thats just my theory.

    2. Pedro Rabaçal Avatar
      Pedro Rabaçal

      hey, he is a KGB thug: incoherent hypocrisy is in his education.

  7. Russia is slowly identifying itself as one of the backers of Al-Qaeda/ISIS. Iran Turkey are also having a big trouble facing this new development. Once the ISIS is shattered its the Assad regime who will again face the coordinated attack by the FSA. At this time the FSA are fighting a two front war. So once the ISIS is gone they can put all their effort to grill Iranian invading Pigs in Syria

    1. There won’t be no Peace in the World until you have the infallible Iran and its proxies, peaceful Zionists/Neocons, angelic Satanists, abstemious Globalists, upright Religionists and their Followers (any religion), balmy Atheists, unpaid Actors, compassionate Leaders/Rulers/Dictators/Politicians, etc…
      Now, can you just blame Rus when many others are in it to destroy World Peace and Depopulate the Earth???

  8. Reasonableman Avatar

    Indeed laughable. A criminal accusing a criminal of being a criminal.

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