Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t happy after President Trump took decisive military action against the Syrian military following its alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians.
Last night, the U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an airbase in Homs, Syria, where it’s alleged that Bash al-Assad’s military stored the chemical weapons. In total, nine planes were destroyed, six people were killed, and the base was left in ruins from the devastating strikes that were carried out at 3:45 a.m. Syrian time to avoid civilian casualties.
Video taken from a cell phone shows the moment the U.S. missiles hit the Syrian base:
As expected, Vladimir Putin, who’s been giving Assad military support in the fight against Islamic extremists in the country, was not happy after learning that President Trump delivered punishment in the form of 1,000-pound bombs. On Friday morning, the former KGB agent ordered his navy to send ships to the Mediterranean Sea as a show of force in response to the airstrikes.
Pictures show the aftermath of the blasts, which left the base in ruin [Image credits: Daily Mail]:
According to the Daily Mail, Putin sent a destroyer to the region to dock at a Syrian port and serve as a deterrent for future American attacks.
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The Russian President has immediately sent his Admiral Grigorovich frigate – armed with cruise missiles and a self-defence system – from the Black Sea to dock in Syria later.
It will pass through the east Mediterranean waters where the USS Ross and USS Porter fired the 59 Tomahawk missiles that pounded Assad’s al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs in the early hours of Friday.
Putin today called it an ‘illegal act of aggression’ and also ripped up an agreement to avoid mid-air clashes between Russian and US fighter jets over Syria.
In the continuing fight back Russian or Syrian planes also bombed the town of Khan Sheikhoun, the scene of Tuesday’s horrific chemical gas attack where 80 died, witnesses in the rebel-held area claimed.
The US was also branded ‘a partner of ISIS’ by al-Assad’s spokesman, calling the missile strikes ‘reckless and irresponsible’ and accused Trump of ‘naively falling’ for a ‘false propaganda campaign’ about the Idlib Sarin massacre.
Putin this morning denounced the strike as an ‘act of aggression against a UN member’ and suspended a deal to avoid mid-air clashes with American fighter jets over the war-torn country. The Kremlin’s propaganda machine clicked into hear claiming the strikes had ‘extremely low’ military effectiveness and that just 23 of 59 cruise missiles reached the air base, destroying six Syrian jets but leaving the runway intact.
The US used a special military-to-military hotline to warn Russia it was launching an airstrike on a Syrian air base about 30 minutes in advance – but the Trump administration did not ask Moscow for permission. It is likely Russia alerted the Syrians about the incoming strikes but this has not been confirmed.
Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense committee in the Russian Federation Council, told state news agency RIA that the US strikes ‘may undermine the efforts in the fight against terrorism in Syria.’
‘Russia will demand an urgent UN Security Council meeting after the US airstrike on Syrian aviation base. This is an act of aggression against a UN member.’
Russia’s foreign minister says no Russian servicemen have been hurt in the bombing raid. Its security council said it regretted the ‘harm’ done to relations between Washington and Moscow.