Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. tweeted Friday, “The worst apprehensions have come true,” he continued, “Our warnings have been left unheard.” The response came after President Donald Trump announced his approval of U.S.-led military strikes in Syria against the Russian-backed regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russian officials warned of “consequences,” then early Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin released a statement claiming the moves were an “act of aggression.”
Putin went on to call for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. He said the strike was a “destructive influence on the entire system of international relations.”
Trump made a televised address Friday night to announce the U.S.-led strikes.
As the U.S. president ended his speech, real-time reports revealed massive explosions and loud booms besieged the Syrian capital of Damascus.
The Russian military states that Syrian air defense units shot down 71 out of 103 cruise missiles launched by the U.S., Britain and France. Additionally, they reported that none of the missiles launched by the U.S. and its allies penetrated areas protected by Russia’s missile defense.
“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. said. “Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.”
All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.
“Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible,” he continued. “The U.S.—the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons—has no moral right to blame other countries.”