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Watch for Russia after Syria strike: Molan-NewsCO

April 15, 2018

Liberal senator and former general Jim Molan expects Russia to retaliate following the US-led allied missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program.

Russia has already failed to have the United Nations condemn the air strikes by the US, UK and France.

Senator Molan, like Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday, described the strikes as “very appropriate” and precise.

“There’s no way in the world this is the end of the activity because that’s up to the Russians,” Senator Molan told Nine on Sunday.

“(There’s) been threats made by the Russians, by the Iranians, they are mixed up in the Syrian activity.”

He expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to counter-release a lot of disinformation and possibly counter with a cyber attack.

“The limited nature of what the Americans have done removes a lot of options from him,” Senator Molan said.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo told the ABC that Russia had a choice to make.

“Do they want to be alongside murderous regimes that use chemical weapons against their own people?”

“Or would they rather be aligned with those countries that are motivated to protect the innocent and to try to bring a successful peaceful resolution.”

Overnight, the UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the US and its allies against Syria.

Russia got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council – China and Bolivia.

The vote came at the end of an emergency meeting of the council called by Moscow, which saw Russia and its supporters clashing with the US and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack last weekend in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

US President Donald Trump hailed the strike targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities as mission accomplished.

Defence Minister Marise Payne on Saturday said there had been no Australian involvement in the strikes or request for support.

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