With a strike by the U.S. upon Syria imminent, Russian and Iran have warned against intervention by the Americans in the Middle Eastern nation. The U.S. and their NATO allies won’t let Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack go unpunished, but today the Iranians are warning the world of the ramifications the entire region will see when the U.S. retaliates.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the nation that the White House Administration believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deployed chemical weapons against civilians last week. Unknown intelligence on the alleged chemical attack has put immense pressure on President Obama to make a decision on whether or not the U.S. should launch a strike against the Syrian military.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said “the use of military means against Syria will have serious consequences not only for Syria but for the entire region.” Officials in Tehran are concerned of a large-scale war that could very possibly engulf the Middle East, an important factor that cannot be overlooked.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to avoid an escalated conflict in Syria as well. It has been reported that Putin himself contacted British Prime Minister David Cameron to say that there is no evidence that chemical weapons were used in Syria.
The U.S. Navy has deployed destroyers in the Mediterranean Sean within striking distance of Syria. An attack by the U.S. is said to come as early as Thursday. UN officials inspecting the alleged chemical attack were hindered in their investigation by sniper fire, but are said to be continuing their work today.