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More strikes by West on Syria would spark ‘chaos,’ Putin tells Rouhani

In telephone call, Russia and Iran presidents agree that missile attack on Syria by US, UK, and France ‘seriously damaged the prospects of a political settlement in Syria’

Illustrative - The Damascus sky lights up missile fire, as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital, early Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Illustrative - The Damascus sky lights up missile fire, as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital, early Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

MOSCOW, Russia — New Western air strikes in Syria would provoke “chaos” in international relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday.

Speaking to Rouhani by telephone the day after US-led strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities, Putin said “if such actions, carried out in violation of the United Nations Charter, are repeated, that would inevitably provoke chaos in international relations,” according to a statement from the Kremlin.

The two leaders “found that this illegal action seriously damaged the prospects of a political settlement in Syria,” the statement said.

The United States, France, and Britain on Saturday launched strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s government, a week after an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, just east of the capital Damascus.

Putin denounced the strikes on Saturday “with the utmost firmness,” describing them as “an act of aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.”

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, November 1, 2017. (Official website of the Iranian Presidency Office, via AP)
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