Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the positioning of a battleship between U.S. warships and the Syrian coast to protect Syria.
The Russian leader has said he will defend Bashar al-Assad’s missile defenses against future U.S. attacks, condemning Trump’s decision to strike.
On Friday, Putin ordered the Admiral Grigorovich-Class Frigate, a warship armed with cruise missiles and a self-defense system, to Syria’s coast.
Putin also called Trump’s attack on Syria an “illegal act of aggression.” Officials say Putin further canceled an agreement with the United States that has avoided mid-air clashes between Russian and U.S. fighter jets over Syria.
Other world leaders have praised Trump’s recent strike, instigated by Tuesday’s chemical attack which killed more than 80 people in Syria. Leaders such as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel are asking for Russia’s cooperation as tensions between Russia and the West rise.
“We do not want an escalation. We have to stop the hypocrisy. If Russia is acting in good faith, it should stop and negotiate,” Ayrault said, according to Daily Mail.
Putin has made it clear he views Trump’s attack as an act of unnecessary aggression that he does not support.
“Russia will demand an urgent [United Nations] Security Council meeting after the U.S. airstrike on a Syrian aviation base,” Putin said. “This is an act of aggression against a UN member.”
Officials are claiming that Canada, Britain, Germany, Israel, and numerous other countries were behind Trump’s move.
H/T: Daily Mail
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