TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A highly placed Russian politician likened US President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler after the launch of airstrikes against Syria, and said he regarded the action as a move against Russia.

Alexander Sherin, deputy head of the State Duma’s defense committee, said Trump “can be called Adolf Hitler No. 2 of our time — because, you see, he even chose the time that Hitler attacked the Soviet Union”, RIA Novosti reported.

The head of a delegation of Russian lawmakers visiting Syria said that Western airstrikes on Syria were aimed at disrupting the work of international investigators looking into whether Syria used chemical weapons in the town of Douma.

Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were expected to begin work Saturday on determining whether a chemical attack occurred.

Russian parliament member Dmitry Sablin was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying, “The airstrikes were carried out by the US-led coalition consciously to spoil the investigation.”

The Russian military said Friday its specialists in Douma have found no evidence of a chemical attack.

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.