US ambassador reassures Russians: Syrian strike ‘not about a conflict between superpowers’

US ambassador reassures Russians: Syrian strike ‘not about a conflict between superpowers’
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The U.S. ambassador to Russia on Saturday reassured Russians that the U.S. military strike on Syrian government targets was "not about a conflict between superpowers," as tensions have flared between diplomats in recent days. 

"This is not about a conflict between superpowers, but about the principle that the use of chemical weapons is simply unacceptable," Ambassador Jon Huntsman said in a video posted to the Facebook page for the U.S. embassy in Moscow

The strike, ordered by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE on Friday, came in response to a suspected attack on Syrian civilians with chemical weapons by the nation's government, which is trying to suppress rebel forces in a long-running civil war. 


United Nations ambassadors from both nations sparred on Saturday in a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which denied a resolution by Russia to condemn the U.S. for escalating the ongoing Syrian conflict. 

Defense officials for Russia, which has troops on the ground in support of Syria's government forces, have denied that an attack on civilians took place, and claim it was staged by enemies of their country. 

"We would still welcome cooperation with Russia that will do the right thing and joint the rest of the world in condemning the Assad regime for its horrific actions and ensuring they cannot happen again," Huntsman said, noting that the U.S. had notified Russia of the incoming strike to avoid casualties of civilians and Russian troops.