Russian President Vladimir Putin says U.S. missile strikes in Syria seriously hurt its ties with Washington. In response, Moscow has suspended a key agreement with the U.S. regarding the Syria conflict. Cho sung-min has the latest. Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying Friday that the U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase violate international law and hurt U.S.-Russia ties.
Putin's spokesman was cited as saying that -- according to President Vladimir Putin himself -- the U.S. action was an "aggression against a foreign nation" on a "made-up pretext..." and an attempt to distract from civilian deaths in Iraq.
The U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat air base in Homs, from which Washington said the Syrian government had launched a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed over a hundred civilians.
It was America's first direct action against the Assad regime, a close ally of Russia's,
Russia has dozens of warplanes and air defense batteries in Syria and was warned by Washington ahead of the strike. No Russians were hurt.
In response to the strike, however, Russia has announced it's suspending a deal with the U.S. under which the two sides exchanged information about flights in the region so their planes would avoid collisions
Cho Sung Min, Arirang News.
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