‘Nodding like bobbleheads’: Putin slams NATO’s support for US violation of intl law in Syria
“What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All of them are nodding like bobble heads,” Putin said in an interview with Mir 24 TV channel.
“Where is evidence that Syrian troops used chemical weapons? No evidence. And what about the violation of international law? It is an obvious fact,” he added.
Yet despite the US shirking international law, NATO and its member countries have welcomed the unilateral missile strike on Syria – the first direct and deliberate action Washington has taken against President Bashar Assad.
Instead of condemning the attack, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Syrian regime “bears the full responsibility for this development.”
On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande concurred in a joint statement, saying “President Assad alone carries responsibility for these developments” because of his alleged “repeated use of chemical weapons and his crimes against his own people.”
The US attacked Syria’s Shayrat Airbase near Homs on Friday night in reaction to a suspected chemical weapons attack in southern Idlib province. Washington immediately blamed Assad’s government for the incident, which reportedly killed dozens of civilians, claiming that Damascus had used the airfield to launch the attack. These accusations have not been supported by any conclusive evidence so far, however.