Russia responds to US strike against Syria

Russian-U.S. relations have tanked since the Trump administration launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield on Thursday.

On Friday, Russian officials condemned the strike, calling it an “act of aggression” that “deals a significant blow to the Russia-U.S. relations, which are already in a deplorable shape,” according to a spokesman for Putin.

According to Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the defense committee in the Federation Council, the strike has damaged more than just the Shayrat airfield. “This could eliminate the ongoing cooperation between Russian and U.S. forces in Syria,” he told reporters, adding, “The U.S. rocket strike could tank the effort to combat terrorism in Syria.”

On Thursday evening, the Pentagon notified Russia prior to what they called a “proportional response” to the recent Sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians. According to Defense spokesman Jeff Davis, “The U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties.”

“Either way, Russian missiles continue to target terrorists while the American rockets hit government forces that spearhead the effort against terrorists,” said Konstantin Kosachev. “I am afraid that with such an approach, the desired Russo-American anti-terrorist coalition in Syria — that has so frequently been discussed since [President] Trump came to power — will not come to fruition,” he added.  

H/T: The Hill

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