Putin says US strikes on Syria illegal, harm US-Russia ties

Russian Federation is set to beef up Syria's air defenses in the wake of a United States strike on a Syrian air base Friday, and it says it's suspending a deal with the U.S.to prevent mid-air collisions over Syria as well.

Ahead of the missile strike, a communication link between the USA and Russian Federation used to protect their pilots flying sorties over Syria was used.

"The U.K. government fully supports the USA action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is meant to deter further attacks", United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May's office said in a statement.

The attack marks the USA response to the alleged chemical attack on rebel-held town in northwestern Syria last Tuesday.

The airstrikes "are an immensely risky episode in the relationship between Russia and the United States, not least because they potentially bring into contact Russian forces who are on the ground in Syria and the USA forces", Matthew Chance, CNN's senior global correspondent based in Moscow, said.

The Turkish health ministry on Thursday said initial analysis suggested victims were exposed to the deadly nerve agent sarin.

Cavusoglu said the coalition formed against the Islamic State group were informed about the U.S. strike and that he had spoken to his French and German counterparts.

"The British government rather than just putting out a bland statement welcoming this should now follow it up and call an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance to see what else can be done, be that more surgical strikes or no fly zones". The Syrian Coalition, an opposition group, said the US attack puts an end to an age of "impunity" and should herald the start of a larger campaign.

On Thursday, Mr Trump said that "something should happen" in relation to Assad because the chemical attack was a "disgrace to humanity".

"It could not go unanswered a second time and it is right that the U.S. took action against the airfield from where this week's awful chemical weapons attack was launched".

It said four more were killed in two other nearby villages - Al-Hamrat and Al-Manzul. Trump said strike on Syria in the "vital national security interest" of the United States. "Why do we keep broadcasting when we are going to attack Syria".

The Pentagon added that the strike was intended "to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again".

Earlier Friday, several senior Russian lawmakers backed up the Kremlin, telling local outlets that the U.S. attack throws into doubt the prospect of a united U.S. -Russia front against terrorism. Israel has long opposed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I would tell you that the response from our allies, as well as the region and the Middle East has been overwhelmingly supportive of the action we taken", Tillerson said.

The missile attack early Thursday morning comes as Trump discusses North Korea's nuclear program with Xi.

In 2013, he was a vocal critic of Barak Obama contemplating strikes in Syria after Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. One put forward by the U.S., Britain and France, a competing draft put forward by Russian Federation, and a third compromise draft from the 10 nonpermanent members of the Council.

But Dr. Annie Sparrow, a public health specialist and a critical-care pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY who has carried out many studies on Syria, told VOA Turkish service that a "chemical cocktail" was used on the town.



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