Russia Slams US, Allies For Air Strikes On Syria
Russia has condemned US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons, as the Western allies argued they were essential to deter the future use of illegal munitions.
The strikes hit three sites – one in Damascus and two in Homs – which US President Donald Trump said were "associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad."
The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have long been battling rebels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the missile strikes an "act of aggression against a sovereign state" and said they were against the United Nations' charter, reports CNN.
Russia – a key ally of the Assad government – is calling for an immediate UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the United States and its allies, he said.
Syria's Foreign Ministry called on the international community "to strongly condemn this aggression," warning it would "pose a threat to international peace and security as a whole," in a statement published by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.
Earlier, the office of the Syrian Presidency tweeted a video of Bashar al-Assad going to work Saturday, with the caption "a morning of steadfastness."