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US Vice President Warns Of Further Strikes On Syria, Threatens Damascus Forces, Criticizes Russia

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On April 14, US Vice President Mike Pence praised the recent missile strike on Syria, which was carried out by US, UK and France, and warned that the Damascus government would have a “price to pay” if it launches an attack with chemical weapons “again,” Reuters reported.

President Donald Trump “made clear that the United States of America is prepared to sustain this effort to reestablish the deterrent framework that exists in order that the Syrian regime and its patrons know there will be a price to pay if chemicals weapons are used again against men, women and children,” Reuters quoted Pence as saying during a Latin American summit in Lima, Peru.

Later, Pence criticized the Russian attitude towards the conflict in Syria and called on Moscow to distance itself from the Damascus goverment during an interview with the CBS News TV. The US Vice President even held Russia the responsibility for the alleged “failure” of the 2013 agreement for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.

“Our message to Russia is, you’re on the wrong side of history … It’s time for Russia to get the message that President Trump delivered last night. That you’re known by the company you keep,” Pence told CBS News.

Pence was not the only US official to threaten the Damascus government with further military actions. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said during a UN Security Council session on April 14 that the US is “locked and loaded” and will response to any chemical attack in the future in a similar fashion.

Pence’s threat proves, once again, that the US and its allies are still looking for pretexts to intervene militarily in the Syria settlement, according to Syrian experts and local observers.

Furthermore, the increase in US military threats and actions toward the Syrian government are an example of the gunboat diplomacy, which is often implemented when some side is not capable of achieving own goals through more “soft” measures.

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