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Pabriks: USA’s strike in Syria is a very serious strike for Russia as well

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe missile attack performed by USA on Shayrat airfield is a very serious political strike for Russia, because until now Russia believed it was in control of the situation, says MEP Artis Pabriks.

He says Russia’s efforts to cause a controversy in USA during elections have resulted in a new player coming to power, a player capable of playing the same way as Russia.

«It can be said that USA has used Russia’s own medicine against them. Now Russia is forced to think what to do next,» Pabriks said.

The former Latvian defence minister views the air strike in Syria positively. He is certain that it can help USA recover some prestige in political and military ranks in USA and other countries, who are dissatisfied with western countries’ inability to act when political and human rights principles are being openly violated.

Pabriks believes that USA can no longer make do with declarations and announcement if it wishes to maintain a serious tone in its policy.

«This is major military strike for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. It is also a signal that USA’s policy does not consist of mere declarations and announcements,» the MEP says.

Pabriks emphasizes that he thinks highly of USA’s military capabilities, because «it seems not a single Russian soldier was injured in the attack».

«This attack was definitely not technically simple, nor financially cheap. I would estimate it cost around 70% of Luxembourg’s budget,» added the MEP.

Commenting on the possible consequences following USA’s air strike, Pabriks said it is too soon to predict any exact developments, as what has happened was definitely a surprise.

U.S. army has for the first time during the Syrian Civil War attacked Syrian government forces, insisting it is a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on an town controlled by Syrian rebels, where dozens of civilians have been killed.

BBC cited the U.S. defence ministry as stating that 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired at 04:40 Syrian time from destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean targeting aircraft, aircraft shelters, storage areas, ammunition supply bunkers, air defence systems, and radars at Shayrat airfield in western Homs province, Syria.

A White House spokesman noted that the site targeted by the cruise missiles «was directly linked to the horrific chemical weapons attack»: «We assess with a high degree of confidence that the chemical weapons attack earlier this week was launched from this site by air assets under the command of the Assad regime»

Syrian state TV has broadcast as statement noting that American aggression had targeted a Syrian military base with a number of missiles, but gave no further details.

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