Russia Warns Against US Attacks on Syrian Forces

Says any such attack 'will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 1, 2016 12:28 PM CDT
Children peer from a partially destroyed home in Aleppo, Syria.   (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)

(Newser) – Russia has warned the US against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East, the AP reports. Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova as saying that a US intervention against the Syrian army "will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole." She says regime change in Syria would create a vacuum that would be "quickly filled" by "terrorists of all stripes."

US-Russian tensions over Syria have escalated since the breakdown of a cease-fire last month, with each side blaming the other for its failure. Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes have launched a major onslaught on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo. (Read more Syria stories.)

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