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The Implications with Russia from Recent U.S. Airstrikes on Syria



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by Preston Myers ’20

On April 6, 2017, the United States had fired 59 missiles at a Syrian airfield that was said to be the place where the recent attacks of the chemical weapons had emerged from (Sengupta, Macfarquhar, & Steinhauer, 2017). It is important to note that there have been airstrikes carried out in Syria in the past against ISIS by the United States, but this recent attack is the first time that an airstrike from the United States had targeted the Syrian government (Park, 2017). This airstrike conducted by the United States has gained a lot of negative attention from Russia. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, had said that the U.S. attack on Syria was a violation of international law and was under a false pretext (Walker, 2017). Russia decided to take action against the U.S. airstrike by declaring that they are suspending a flight-safety memorandum with the United States (Bulman, 2017). This memorandum is important because it prevents accidents and incidents in the sky by establishing communication between Russia and the United States for flights or other air assets, that have the potential to collide with one another (Bulman, 2017). This suspension from Russia is a clear step backward with the relations between the United States and Russia. Contrary to the negativity that the United States is receiving from Russia, the U.S. airstrike is gaining a lot of support from many countries throughout the world. Some of these countries include France, Germany, Japan, UK, Australia, Israel, and Turkey (Palazzo, & Foster, 2017). The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, views the airstrike as an “overwhelming success” (Baker, & Michael Gordon, 2017). It is very clear that Russia and the United States have opposite opinions on the airstrike. Both countries are currently adhering to their opinions. The question that remains to be answered is whether this incident could raise the highest tension between Russia and the United States since the Cold War.

 

References:

Sengupta, S., Macfarquhar, N., & Steinhauer, J. (2017). U.S. Airstrikes in Syria: Fallout Around the World. Nytimes.com. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/us/politics/trump-syria-airstrikes.html?_r=0

Walker, S. (2017). Moscow: Syria airstrikes ‘significant blow to Russian-US relations’. the Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/07/us-airstrikes-syria-russian-american-relations-vladimir-putin

Bulman, M. (2017). Russia suspends agreement that prevents direct conflict with US forces. The Independent. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/us-russia-air-strikes-syria-suspend-agreement-memorandum-direct-conflict-military-donald-trump-putin-a7671631.html

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Baker, P., & Michael Gordon, N. (2017). Syria Strike Puts U.S. Relationship With Russia at Risk. Nytimes.com. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/world/middleeast/missile-strike-syria-russia.html

Park, M. (2017). Who’s with the US on Syria airstrike and who isn’t. CNN. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/07/world/syria-us-strike-world-reaction/

Palazzo, C., & Foster, P. (2017). ‘Assad bears full responsibility’: how the world reacted to Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria. The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/07/us-air-strike-syria-world-reacted-donald-trumps-decision-intervene/

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