The possibility of U.S. military strikes against Syria would be a repeat of past foreign policy mistakes and could worsen the situation. Aleksey Pushkov, who is also a senator of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament, made the remarks during a joint interview with foreign media in Moscow when analyzing the root causes of the U.S. military threat against Syria. Pushkov said the U.S. hopes to resort to the threat of force in order to replace Russia and take the lead in Syria, saying such a dangerous move may trigger a larger-scale military conflict. He also said Russia will never waver in its stance on the Syria issue. The Russian lawmaker said Trump’s military threats under the excuse of the as yet unverified chemical attacks may not only escalate the Syria conflict, but also heighten the confrontation between the U.S. and Russia.