This is going to put a new kind of strain on Russian/U.S. relations.
With all the speculation of how Russia would react at the U.S. missile strike in Syria, did anyone in Russia ask how the U.S. would react once we found out that they, the Russians, knew of the impending sarin gas attack?
Nope, didn’t think so.
The AP published this.
The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday.
The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.
The senior official said the U.S. has no proof of Russian involvement in the actual chemical attack in northern Syria.
But the official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.
The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity, didn’t give precise timing for when the drone was in the area, where more than 80 people were killed. The official also didn’t provide details for the military and intelligence information that form the basis of what the Pentagon now believes.
… The allegation of Russian foreknowledge is grave, even by the standards of the currently dismal U.S.-Russian relations.
This just might knock Putin off the White House Christmas Card list.