Confirming her country’s involvement in the air strike, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We would have preferred an alternative path”.
“Not one of the cruise missiles released by the USA and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of Russian air defences protecting facilities in Tartus and Hmeimim”, the ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to the locations of Russia’s naval facility in Tartus and its Hmeimim air base.
“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented”, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.
M – Damascus’ allies have condemned US President Donald Trump for ordering air attacks in Syria “on targets associated with chemical weapons capabilities” in collaboration with the United Kingdom and France, Al Jazeerareported.
“Again, we are being threatened”.
US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday.
According to Antonov, all responsibility for this lies on Washington, London and Paris. The Russian military operating in Syria was not notified about the American targets in advance, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters following the attacks.
Syria’s air defense system, which mostly consists of systems made in the Soviet Union, has intercepted 71 of the missiles fired on Saturday by the U.S., British and French forces, he added. “We did not coordinate targets”.
” Russian Federation convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the US and its allies”, President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin website.
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