RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER: U.S. “ON THE VERGE OF MILITARY CLASHES WITH RUSSIA”

Russia on Friday condemned a US missile strike against Syrian government forces as an attack on its ally and said it was suspending an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between US and Russian aircraft operating over Syria.

Russia on Friday condemned a US missile strike against Syrian government forces as an attack on its ally and said it was suspending an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between US and Russian aircraft operating over Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase has ‘seriously hurt’ the US-Russia relationship, according to news agencies citing the Kremlin.

Even as some Russian officials expressed hope that the strike against Syrian President Bashad Assad’s forces would not lead to an irreversible breakdown in US relations with Moscow, the Kremlin’s decision to suspend the 2015 memorandum of understanding on the air operations immediately raised tensions in the skies over Syria.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said the risk of confrontation between aerial assets of the US-led coalition and Russia has “significantly increased” after President Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in a scathing statement on social media, said the strikes were illegal and had been “one step away from (or ‘on the verge of’) military clashes with Russia.”

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