Schumer, Gillibrand take differing views on Syria airstrikes


On Friday afternoon, Mr Putin called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs to discuss the situation in Syria.

President Trump has launched airstrikes in Syria in response to deadly chemical attacks allegedly ordered by the country's president, Bashar Assad, against his own people.

When the last gas attack in Damascus took place, the United Nations, in a brief paragraph in the middle of their subsequent report, said that the chemical shells had been "compromised" by being moved between different locations. "Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it".

Russian Federation should be ashamed of its support for a maniacal dictator whose depravity appears to know no depths. "That changed last night".

Standing firm, the Trump administration signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

"These attacks demand a firm response from the USA and the world community", she said in a statement to

Haley sharply criticized Russian Federation for not making good on its commitment to remove chemical weapons from Syria, and accused the Kremlin of standing beside Assad even when he's "crossed the line of human decency".

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"The United States took a very measured step last night", she added. Russian Federation is one of Syria's most important patrons and has long resisted US efforts to push President Bashar Assad from power. The Southern Front rebel faction hailed the attack as "the first step on the correct path to combating terrorism and we hope it will continue". More jarringly, Russian Federation said it's suspending an agreement that allows the United States and Russian Federation to coordinate their air operations in Syria so as to prevent accidental midair collisions between their aircraft.

In fact the retaliatory operation, cruise missiles launched from USA naval ships in the Eastern Mediterranean, was exactly the operation planned by President Obama before he agreed to a Russian proposal to strip the regime of its chemical arsenal.

Trump's bottom line: "Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children".

The attack against a Syrian air base was the first USA assault against the government of President Bashar Assad. "America First" apparently doesn't mean a withdrawal from America's traditional role - what former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called "an indispensable power", or others have called being the world's policeman.

Syria's deputy ambassador to the UN, Mounzer Mounzer, called the missile attack "a barbaric, flagrant act of aggression" and accused the U.S. of harming counter-terrorism efforts.

Peskov's explanation for why Russian Federation has made a decision to drop the pact, which would presumably make accidents more likely, was rather snarky: "Amid the missile strikes, it is hardly reasonable to talk about any more increase in the risk, as the risk has increased considerably", Peskov said in a news briefing. "The consequences of this for regional and global stability could be extremely serious".

The Syrian army said the US attack killed six people and called it "blatant aggression" which made the United States a partner of "terrorist groups" including Islamic State.

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She countered: "The United States, as president of the Council this month, decided the session would be held in the open".

"Iran strongly condemns any such unilateral strikes". Russia's military has helped turn the war in Assad's favor and Moscow has used its U.N. Security Council veto to protect Damascus from censure.

"As understandable as a USA military strike against military structures is after the failure of the Security Council", he said, "it's just as crucial to look at joint peace efforts in the framework of the United Nations".

Opposition and rebel fighters, who have for years urged more direct USA military action in support of their uprising, hailed the strike and called for more.

"Russia has given Assad everything he could dream of", Rycroft said.

Other members took more restrained approaches.

"Russia sits here today humiliated by its failure to bring to heel a puppet dictator, entirely propped up by Russian Federation itself and Hezbollah and Iran", he said.

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"For too long, global law has been ignored in the Syrian conflict, and it is our shared duty to uphold worldwide standards of humanity", he said.