Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev complained on Friday that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase were one step away from clashing with the Russian military.
U.S. officials informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes -- intended to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack earlier this week -- and avoided hitting Russian personnel.
Satellite imagery suggests the Shayrat air base that was struck is home to Russian special forces and military helicopters, part of the Kremlin's effort to help the Syrian government fight opposition groups.
Medvedev, writing on social media, said the U.S. strikes were illegal and had been "one step away from military clashes with Russia."
00:22 dk 07 Nisan 2017 Tvnet First footage shows aftermath of US strike on Syrian base
Video footage has emerged showing the aftermath of a U.S. airstrike that targeted al-Shayrat Air Base near Homs in retaliation to the cehmical attack launched by regime fighter jets last Tuesday.
Kremlin warns of 'substantial risk' post Syria strikes
The Kremlin has warned the suspension of its deal over flight safety and preventing incidents with the U.S. significantly increases risk in Syria."The risk has been increased substantially," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday, according to the Russian news agency, TASS.Peskov confirmed Russia had suspended its memorandum with the U.S. on preventing incidents and ensuring flight safety in Syria."The memorandum lost its meaning tonight with [the U.S.] strikes," he said.The U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military air base American officials believe was used to carry out a deadly chemical attack Tuesday, the Pentagon confirmed.The missiles were fired from two U.S. destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and hit the air base at approximately 3.45 a.m. Syrian local time Friday (0045GMT).Aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars were targeted, the Pentagon said.- US informed RussiaPeskov said the U.S. had informed Russia before it carried out the missile strikes.He said a phone conversation between President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Donald Trump had not been planned yet.Meanwhile, Putin held a detailed meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council, the Kremlin said in a statement."Washington's actions were once again qualified as an act of aggression, contrary to international law," the statement said.During the meeting, they expressed deep concern over the "inevitable and negative" consequences of "aggressive" actions for the common efforts in the fight against terrorism, according to the statement.“The parties said it is highly regrettable that the bilateral Russian-US relations were damaged as a result of the strikes on the Syrian air base.“The meeting also considered various issues related to the Russian Aerospace Forces’ continuing operation to support counterterrorism operations by the Syrian armed forces,” the statement added.Russia regarded the U.S. missile strikes on Syria as an "act of aggression" against a "sovereign" state delivered in violation of international law under a "far-fetched pretext", the Kremlin said in an earlier statement.The U.S strikes were billed as a response to a recent chemical attack in Syria.On Tuesday, more than 100 civilians were reportedly killed and 500 others -- mostly children -- were injured in the attack allegedly carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime warplanes in the town of Khan Shaykhun, Idlib province, according to Syrian opposition government's Health Minister Firas Jundi.The Syrian regime, for its part, denied allegations it targeted the area with chemical weapons.Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.Since then, more than a quarter-million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN.The Syrian Center for Policy Research, however, put the death toll from the six-year conflict at more than 470,000 people.
Russian strikes in Syria’s Idlib kill ten: Local source
At least ten civilians were killed on Friday in an airstrike carried out in the town of Haish in northern Syria’s Idlib countryside, according to local civil-defense sources.“Ten civilians were killed and another seven injured after Russian warplanes struck the area with concussion munitions,” one local civil-defense official told Anadolu Agency, speaking anonymously due to security fears.“Russian aircraft then deliberately targeted a local medical center where the injured had been receiving treatment, rendering it completely inoperable,” the source added.The same source went on to note that most of those killed in the strikes were civilians recently displaced from the outskirts of Idlib and Hama, along with civilians fleeing the town of Khan Shaykhun.Khan Shaykhun was the target of a deadly chemical attack on Tuesday that left at least 100 people dead and hundreds more injured.
Turkey hopes for systematic plan against Syrian regime
Turkey hopes for a "systematic" and "dissuasive" plan to stop the Bashar al-Assad regime from killing people, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik said Friday.Speaking to reporters in southern Adana province about the U.S. strikes on a Syrian military base, Çelik said: “We would like to read [the U.S.] response to the Assad regime as determination against Assad’s massacres.“We hope this is not just a reaction to the situation. There should be a systematic and dissuasive plan to sidetrack the Assad regime from killing his people.”The U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at Shayrat Airbase American officials believe was used to carry out a deadly chemical attack Tuesday, the Pentagon confirmed.The missiles were fired from two U.S. destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and hit the airbase at approximately 3.45 a.m. Syrian local time Friday (0045GMT). Aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars were targeted, the Pentagon said.On Tuesday, more than 100 civilians were reportedly killed and 500 others -- mostly children -- were injured in the attack allegedly carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime warplanes in the town of Khan Shaykhun, Idlib province, according to Syrian opposition government's Health Minister Firas Jundi.The Syrian regime, for its part, denied allegations it targeted the area with chemical weapons.Last year, a UN-appointed investigation panel found that chemical weapons were mainly used by regime forces in 2014 and 2015. No punitive measures were taken, however.