US-Russia Relations Threatened over Syrian Attacks

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 4/12/18

Just three days ago, the Syrian government allegedly gas attacked the rebel city of Douma, located just outside of Damascus. The attack targeted hospitals, schools, and public services, and was estimated that it killed at least 70 people.

The attack itself, which was denied by the Syrian government, sparked international outrage after it broke headlines. US President Donald Trump called for a “major decision” to come in the next 24 to 48 hours. So far, it is Trump’s last day to make his “major decision” as many officials both at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill urge him to missile Syria.

Russia released a statement stating that any missiles shot at Syria will be brought down. Trump also tweeted out, stating that US-Russia relations had hit an all time low. Even after a series of communications between the White House and the Kremlin, disagreements has persisted over Syria.

Military officials, both current and former, have agreed that Russia’s defense is “formidable”, but further attacks and measures are needed against Syria. If missiles are fired, then not only can relations between the two countries be jeopardized, but trade between the two countries could go down as well.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, BBC

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