Uh oh… Vlad is mad.
We were shocked to report that Donald Trump had ordered an airstrike Thursday on a Syrian air base to retaliate against President Bashar al-Assad‘s alleged gas attack on a rebel village earlier this week.
Critics were upset to learn the President COMPLETELY changed his stance on U.S. action in the country — which was apparently triggered by the photos of Syrian children killed in the chemical strike — and ordered the attack from his Mar-a-Lago estate.
But vocal celebrities aren’t the only ones pissed about POTUS’s actions…
Russia responded to the airstrike on Friday by suspending an essential agreement with the U.S. in Syria that prevented incidents and ensured flight safety!
President Vladimir Putin, staunch ally of al-Assad (and former Trump flatterer) condemned the attack, saying the airstrikes broke international law and have done MAJOR damage to U.S.-Russian relations.
The agreement, signed in September 2015 after Russia launched an air campaign in Syria, allowed Russia and the U.S. to exchange flight information to avoid collisions and crowded skies in Syria, where Russia has several dozen warplanes and air-defense missiles.
This “deconfliction line” between the countries has kept a number of pilots safe — so, Russia deciding to freeze the agreement is definitely not a great development.
A stark statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the country is not happy with Trump’s actions. It reads:
“The very presence of US troops and other countries on the territory of Syria, without the consent of the Government or the decision of the UN Security Council is a gross, obvious and unwarranted violation of international law. If before it was due to the task of combating terrorism, now there is a clear act of aggression against a sovereign Syria. US Actions taken today further destroy the Russian-American relations.”
Wow. Trump’s impulses may have just gotten us into a lot of trouble.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the attack “an act of aggression with an invented pretext,” saying Moscow would demand an explanation from Trump over the airstrikes.
Though, we don’t think Trump being provoked by disturbing photos of citizens he wouldn’t let in his own country is gonna cut it as an excuse.
Hold on to your butts.
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