US warns Russia
over missile defense
The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves.
National security adviser John Bolton said Monday that delivery of the Russian S-300 would be a “significant escalation” in already high tensions in the region.
Russia announced earlier Monday that it would give Syria’s government more modern, S-300 missile defense systems after last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria in a friendly fire incident.
US: Myanmar military
The U.S. announced $185 million in new humanitarian assistance for Rohingya Muslims displaced by a military crackdown in Myanmar.
Foreign ministers from more than a dozen countries met behind closed doors Monday at the U.N. to discuss the plight of the Rohingya.
A U.S. government investigation released Monday found that Myanmar’s military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with “extreme brutality” in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country.
The hard-hitting State Department report is based on a survey of over 1,000 refugees among the hundreds of thousands who have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two years.
The 20-page report does not say whether the abuses constitute genocide and crimes against humanity, as U.N. investigators have surmised.
may be tied to attack
Venezuela’s government said Monday that diplomats from Colombia, Chile and Mexico working in Caracas may have played a role in an attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro, and it demanded the foreign governments investigate.