TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Russian ambassador to the United States condemned the airstrikes on Syria, describing it as a threat to Russia.

Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that Russia has warned that “such actions will not be left without consequences” and “all responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.”

"Again, we are being threatened,” he said, according to AP. 

“Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible,” he added after US President Donald Trump directly called out his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over his support for the Syrian government.

“What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?” Trump said. “The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep.”

The spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry also denounced the United States for launching airstrikes on Syria. She said the attacks hit a long-troubled country “that for many years has been trying to survive terrorist aggression.”

Zakharova said: “The White House stated that its assuredness of the chemical attack from Damascus was based on ‘mass media, reports of symptoms, video, photos as well as credible information.’ After this statement, the American and other Western mass media should understand their responsibility in what is happening.”

At least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus in the early hours of Saturday and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital, a witness said. A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes. Barzah is the location of a major Syrian scientific research center.

Syrian air defenses managed to shoot down 13 missiles fired in the US-led attack on the country on Saturday, Syrian state TV said. The missiles had been shot down in the Kiswah area south of the capital Damascus, it said.