LONDON Russia risks ‘pariah’ status, says Britain
BRITISH Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Russia was in danger of becoming a pariah nation, as he hit out at alleged “double tap” bombing raids in Syria hitting aid workers.
“They drop one bomb and then they wait for the aid workers to come out, civilian people pulling the injured from the rubble, and then five minutes later they drop another bomb,” he told The Sun newspaper.
Mr Johnson said the British government had evidence that Russian jets had carried out such attacks, which were “unquestionably a deplorable war crime”.
He said Britain and the United States were looking at a “range of options” designed to ramp up the pressure on Moscow.
“The single most potent weapon we have is shame,” he said.
“The world’s attitude towards Russia has been hardening and I think people now believe that Russia is in danger of becoming a pariah nation.”
Mr Johnson said if Moscow continue like this, they will forfeit any sympathy and any admiration in the world. And that, he said, was something “they do care about that”.
“In the end, if [President Vladimir] Putin’s strategy is the greatness and glory of Russia then he risks seeing that turned to ashes as people view his actions with contempt,” Mr Johnson warned. –