Russian warship steams toward US destroyers that launched Syria strikes
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 3:55
The Russia Foreign Ministry announced that it suspended an agreement to avoid clashes between Russian and US-led coalition jets over Syrian airspace, while Reuters reporter Idrees Ali reports that Russia withdrew from a deconfliction channel, which the USA used Thursday night to warn Russian forces of the incoming cruise-missile strikes (which took place Friday morning local time). It is armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, a missile self-defense system Shtil-1, and a 100 mm artillery piece A-190.
Moscow condemned American bombardment of Shayrat airbase as a violation of worldwide law and pledged to strengthen the regime's air defences against such "aggression".
Rights monitor groups said Syrian jets were again taking off from Shayrat airfield to bomb targets less than 24 hours after the USA strike.
Donald Trump said he ordered the strike after analysis showed the base was the source of a "horrible chemical weapons attack" that killed more than 80 people in a rebel-held town days before.
The Admiral Grigorovich took part in PASSEX Russian-Turkish naval exercises on April 3-5 during the unofficial visit of a group of Turkish vessels to Novorossiysk.
The ship was near the Black Sea straits, Tass reported.
Pentagon probes possible Russian Federation involvement in chemical attack that prompted United States strike. On March 31 the Defense Ministry said it was back to Novorossiisk.
Haley closed out her address saying the U.S.is "prepared to do more" and that this is the start of a "new phase", in which Assad must step down through the political process.
A spokesman for Mr Putin said the strike had seriously damaged ties between Washington and Moscow, which swiftly suspended an agreement aiming to avoid conflict with United States forces. The UN envoy said people should "think about" the fact that Russian Federation was supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons from Syria.
Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, said the strike had brought Moscow and Washington to the verge of a "military clash", claiming that the action was "good news for terrorists". "First and foremost the President believes that the Syrian government [and the] Assad regime should abide by the agreement they made not to use chemical weapons", Spicer said.
"Now we see this changing because of this one airstrike".
The Russian envoy went on to call US ambassador Nikki Haley's recent speech holding photos of dead Syrian children "cynical", and said that Russia wouldn't stoop to the level of displaying photographs of civilians dead in Mosul, Iraq from American-coalition airstrikes.