Russian President Vladimir Putin “regards the strikes as aggression against a sovereign nation,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that the president believes the strikes were carried out “in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext.”
Peskov also insisted that “the Syrian army doesn’t have chemical weapons,” saying this had been “observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a special UN unit.”
Putin sees the US missile strike on Syria as an attempt to distract attention from civilian casualties in Iraq, Peskov added, Russia Today reported.
“This step deals significant damage to US-Russian ties, which are already in a deplorable state,” Peskov said.
The US military attacked the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airfield near Homs with 59 tomahawk missiles on Thursday evening.
Officially announcing the strike, US President Donald Trump claimed that the targeted airfield had launched the chemical attack on the rebel-held area in Idlib.