Russian President Vladimir Putin - press photo
CAIRO - 14 April 2018: Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned that there would be consequences for the U.S.-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented," Antonov said on Facebook. "Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences."
"Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible," he added. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries."
American-led missile strikes were launched early Saturday against Syrian military targets in the capital Damascus.The strikes were conducted in coordination with the United Kingdom and France.
The attack came moments after U.S. President Donald Trump said he ordered precision strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities after a poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people last week.
"The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons," Trump said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a scientific research center and military bases in Damascus were struck in the attack. The military targets included the Syrian army's Republican Guard, Mezzeh military airport and the 4th military division.
The intervention was the biggest strike by Western powers against Assad in the country’s seven-year-old civil war and pitted the United States and its allies against Russia, which itself intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad.