MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an angry response on Friday to president Donald Trump’s military strike against Syria.
Calling Trump’s order to strike an airbase facility in Syrian on Thursday evening an “act of aggression”, Putin pulled the plug on a longstanding agreement of military cooperation with the United States, calling the military strike on Syria “a disgraceful act”.
Following the announcement of Russia’s withdraw from the agreement, a Russian warship entered the eastern Mediterranean, navigating itself directly toward the area where two U.S. Navy destroyers launched the missile strikes. Upon obtaining intelligence of the ship’s entry, one of the American destroyers that launched the missiles into Syria was ordered back to an undisclosed location to rearm.
According to a military spokesperson, the warship is engaged in a high rate of speed and it’s intentions are unknown.
In further response to the attack, Putin said his military would work to bolster Syria’s air defense systems in an effort to provide military aide to it’s ally.
“In order to protect the most sensitive objects of the Syrian infrastructure, a system of measures to bolster and increase the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ air defense systems will be implemented,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Friday.
Trump’s strike against Syria came in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians on Tuesday that killed at least 70 people and sickened hundreds more. Intelligence reports suggest that the Syrian government was, itself, behind the attack, an allegation that it’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, denies.
After being briefed on the gas attack, President Trump said he was “horrified” and “sickened” at the images of dead children who were casualties of the attack.
“No child of god should ever suffer such horror,” President Trump said on Thursday after ordering the strike. “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”
In a separate statement, a spokesperson from the Kremlin called the attacks against Syria unwarranted and cited a UN report that declared Syria free of chemical weapons.
“Vladimir Putin believes that complete disregard for factual information about the use by terrorists of chemical weapons drastically aggravates the situation,” said the spokesperson. “This move by Washington has dealt a serious blow to Russian-US relations, which are already in a poor state.”