Russia warns US of serious implications for missile attack on Syrian airbase

Tensions between Russia and the US alarmingly increased following Donald Trump’s order to launch missile attack on a Syrian airbase.

Russia has gone to the extent on warning the US on Friday, stating that there could be “extremely serious” consequences.

The US missile attack on Syrian airbase is the first major military decision taken by Donald Trump ever since he replaced Barack Obama.

Amid reports of Kremlin supporting Donald Trump ever since his presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton, Friday’s warning from Moscow didn’t suggest by any means that Vladimir Putin intends to be in friendly terms with the 45th US President.

Russia’s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov has been quoted by Reuters to have told in a UN Security Council meeting as: “We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the U.S. The consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious.

What was more serious was the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calling the US missile attack on the Syrian airbase as one step away from clashing with Russia’s forces based in the region.

As per satellite images, Russian military and helicopters are stationed at the Shayrat Air Base, to provide support for the Ba’athist Bashar al-Assad Syrian government’s fight against ISIS and other jehadi groups.

None of the Russian forces or their assets were hurt or damaged though in the US missile strike.

The US claims to have informed Russia prior to its missile attack on the airbase to avoid hitting the soldiers of the latter.

Earlier in the week, the Syrian government led by President Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of carrying out a deadly gas attack on a rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Governorate that caused deaths of about 70 people including months-old babies. The city was held by the US-designated terrorist group Tahrir al-Sham.

Donald Trump, after being moved by some of the horrific pictures of the Syrian gas attack victims, ordered a military strike on the Shayrat Air Base, believed to be the launchpad of the 2017 Khan Shaykhun chemical attack on 4 April.

Syria and Russia have maintained that the toxic gas release was a result of the destruction of a chemical weapons warehouse operated by Syrian rebels. The Ba’athist Syrian government claimed that its airstrike had unintentionally hit a chemical weapons plant.

The US had launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from its warships USS Porter and USS Ross stationed in the Mediterranean Sea targeting the Shayrat Air Base, which was met with widespread cheer from the Syrian civilians but got an extremely angry reaction from Russia which has been backing the President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

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