The Russian ambassador to the United States released a statement about
the U.S. led strikes on Syria
Friday evening, and warned that there would be consequences to the military action on their ally.
Here's what Russia said
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in
the short statement
that the responsibility of the strikes rested on the U.S., the French and the British, and implied that the strikes were an insult to Vladimir Putin.
"The worst apprehensions have come true," said Antonov. "Our warnings have been left unheard."
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented," he added. "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," he continued. "Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible."
"The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries," the statement concluded.
After Trump's announcement, Defense Secretary Mattis
told the media
that the attack was a limited effort. “We used a little over double the number of weapons this year," he said, "than we used last year."
"It was done on targets that we believed were selective to hurt the chemical weapons program,” Mattis added.
The president had scolded Russia for standing behind Bashar al Assad in Syria after the reports of more chemical attacks on Syrian rebels and civilians. Russia has denied the culpability of Assad for the attacks, and have blocked U.N. votes against Syria.
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