Russia Issues Warning To U.S. On Syria

FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, May 9, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, flanked by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Federal Security Service Chief Alexander Bortnikov, right, arrives on a boat after inspecting battleships during a navy parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea. Putin on Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, directly accused the Ukrainian government of plotting attacks in the Crimea, and called for increased security in the Russian annexed Black Sea peninsula. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, FILE)

Via Reuters

Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, warned on Thursday of “negative consequences” if the United States carries out military strikes on Syria over a deadly toxic gas attack.

“We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise,” Safronkov told reporters when asked about possible U.S. strikes.

When asked what those negative consequences could be, he said: “Look at Iraq, look at Libya.”

To be fair, the warning isn’t the “we’ll **** you up” type, and it pretty much encapsulates my own concerns. I’m not sure what the plan is for the “day after” and I’m pretty sure the thinking is not just to fire one volley of missiles in a punitive strike. The warning is that a collapse of the Assad regime will set of an unforeseen chain of events. But, you know, maybe we should just knock it over and let the people there deal with it. I’m not sure how it is much worse than the status quo.