Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the US strike on a Syrian airbase early this morning as “aggression against a sovereign state,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said, according to Russian agencies.
“President Putin considers American strikes on Syria aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international norms, and under an invented pretext,” Peskov was reported as saying.
Reportedly, Trump ordered the strike on Syrian air base in retaliation for the horrendous chemical attack he blamed on President Bashar al-Assad.
Declaring it in America’s “vital national security interest” to prevent the spread of deadly chemical weapons, Trump accused Assad of a “very barbaric attack” in which “even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered”.
“An air commodore was among the four soldiers killed,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The airbase was almost completely destroyed – the runway, the fuel tanks and the air defences were all blown to pieces,” the Britain-based monitoring group said.
“There were Sukhoi-22, Sukhoi-24 and MiG-23? Fighter aircraft on the ground, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Russian military officials in Syria were informed about the strike beforehand in order to avoid collateral damage.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning he supports the “strong and clear message” sent by the US strike.