Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian military field Thursday broke international law and severely damaged U.S.-Russia relations.
The missile strike targeted the al-Shayrat military airfield where the chemical weapons attack the Pentagon believes President Bashar al-Assad carried out is thought to have originated. (RELATED: US Launches Missile Strike Against Syria At Gas Attack Location)
Putin’s spokesman called the action an “aggression against a sovereign nation” based on a “made-up pretext.”
“Putin views the U.S. strikes on Syria as aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law and on a made-up up pretext,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday. “Washington’s step will inflict major damage on U.S.-Russia ties.”
The Kremlin said Russia and Syria “enjoy a relationship of cooperation” Thursday, but that it doesn’t support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “unconditionally.”
U.S. President Donald Trump said the missile strikes were launched “in the vital national security interest of the United States.” (RELATED: Trump Comments On U.S. Airstrikes In Syria)
“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Trump said at his Mar-a-Lago estate. “It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”
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