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Трамп в путинской Сирии

ВЕНА – На прошлой неделе сирийский город Хан-Шейхун, удерживаемый повстанцами, подвергся химической атаке. Это вынудило президента США Дональда Трампа впервые нанести удар по силам сирийского президента Башара Асада. Осуществив бомбардировку авиабазы в западной Сирии, администрация Трампа начала заполнять зияющий вакуум власти на Ближнем Востоке. Но что именно Трамп будет делать дальше?

Уже шесть лет в Сирии идёт гражданская война, в ходе которой погибли более 400 тысяч гражданских лиц, а миллионам пришлось покинуть свои дома, и большинство американских политиков хвалят Трампа за неожиданное вмешательство в этот конфликт, несмотря на то, что его действия не получили необходимого одобрения Конгресса. Группировки сирийских повстанцев и зарубежные союзники Америки (в том числе участники только что завершившейся в Италии встречи министров иностранных дел стран «Большой семёрки») приветствовали удар США по сирийским правительственным войскам.

С помощью 59 ракет «Томагавк» Трамп отправил режиму Асада и его покровителям, в первую очередь, России и Ирану, послание: в отличие от своего предшественника Барака Обамы, он готов принудить их к соблюдению «красной черты». Неудивительно, что Кремль Владимира Путина осудил американскую атаку, заявив, что она стала нарушением международного права. Но это весьма спорное утверждение, поскольку подпись Сирии стоит под международным договором, запрещающим применение химического оружия.

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