As a result of the bombings, Russia announced it was suspending cooperation of its communication link with the U.S. Opens a New Window. that protects pilots flying missions over the war-torn country.
“I think that is a major mistake on the part of Moscow… they’re actually putting their own forces in greater jeopardy,” Crocker said. “It would be to Moscow’s benefit to have these basic lines of communication. So they will lose more than we will.”
Crocker, who served as ambassador to Syria from 1998-2001 Opens a New Window. , praised President Trump for his handling of the situation in Syria and for moving a Navy strike group toward the Korean peninsula, as tensions with North Korea intensify.
This week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Crocker said he hopes the U.S. will take a more “aggressive” position with Russia.
“When they accuse us of violating Syria’s sovereignty, we should be right back in their face saying they are protecting and abetting a mass-killer who uses chemical weapons,” Crocker stated.