Joint US-Russian efforts to get a Geneva Conference on Syria’s ongoing civil war have been postponed, and likely cancelled outright by the US as the Obama Administration has decided to attack Syria instead of working on a political settlement.
That’s not sitting too well with Russia, a long-time ally of the Syrian government that has been trying to get a negotiated deal in place for a long time. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed the US plans to start a war, noting that they have failed to present any real evidence, let alone proof, of the Assad government’s involvement in a chemical weapon attack.
Rather, Lavrov says he believes that the US simply made the decision to jump into the war and is trying to manufacture the excuse after the fact. US officials insist that despite not having any real proof, the allegations are “undeniable.”
Regionally, Syria warns that the US attack is liable to be very destabilizing, and while Turkey’s been up for a war for years, not every Syria neighbor is on board.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose nation has face major spillover, has rejected the idea of having anything to do with the US invasion, reiterating that the US does not have permission to use Iraqi airspace in the attack.
That’s been a long-standing concern for Iraq since the end of the US occupation, amid concerns that the US would use its territory to attack Iran. Syria has become the first target, however, and it’s a precedent Iraq would clearly like to avoid setting.