LON­DON Rus­sia risks ‘pariah’ sta­tus, says Bri­tain

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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