TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Russia is calling for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the United States and its allies, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said in a statement Saturday.
Putin said that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of international relations".
He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.
Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.
He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.
Also on Saturday, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said they believed the airstrikes overnight by the US, UK and France were not in retaliation to the alleged chemical attack in Douma, but were instead a response to the “success” of the Syrian army in liberating their territory from international terrorism.
At a press conference, Russia's Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy emphasized how the airstrikes were carried out on the same day the OPCW is to start its work in Douma, CNN reported.
Rudskoy added, “This fact of American aggression shows that USA is not interested in conducting an objective investigation, wishes to disrupt the process of peaceful resolution in Syria and destabilize the situation in the region and has nothing to do with the previously proclaimed goals of fighting international terrorism.”
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.