“I think is quite important because there have been a series of Russian actions against which the West has pushed back … ,” Sawers said.
“And we’re announcing this action is Syria. Now, this isn’t part of a concerted plot against Russia, but the Russians might see it that way. So, one thing which is really important here is clarity of communication to the Russians about what this is about. We had that during the Cold War. It’s decayed a bit frankly over the last 20 years.”
Indeed, communications have decayed so badly that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday at the UN Security Council that “the Cold War is back — with a vengeance, but with a difference. The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present.”
The US-led alliance insists it deliberately avoided targets that could harm any Russians on the ground in Syria and that the military “deconfliction channel” was used.
These strikes can also be seen as part of a military process that began in the summer and fall of 2014 when the United States and many allies started a sustained campaign to bomb ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.
They continue to say the current military action is not aimed at toppling Assad or taking sides in the civil war.
Source : https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/14/opinions/syria-airstrike-what-now-what-next-amanpour-intl/index.html
Publish Date : 14 April 2018 | 2:26 pm