The Pentagon says it targeted its missiles to avoid Syrian chemical weapons storage sites, as well as Russian troops and aircraft. Russia’s Foreign Ministry quickly condemned the U.S. assault on Syria’s government, saying it threatened international security. Russia said it would bolster air defenses across Syria and suspend its “deconfliction agreement,” which prevents Russian and U.S. planes from coming into conflict over Syria. This is Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
Maria Zakharova: “Without bothering to understand what’s happened, the United States resorted to a demonstration of force, to military confrontation with a country that is fighting international terrorism. It is not the first time the United States of America has demonstrated such a careless approach. It only worsens the problems already existing in the world and poses a threat to international security.”