Putin Condemns 'Trumped Up' US Strike on Syria

Putin responds to 'Operation Obama is not President anymore'

Act of aggression? 
What about what Assad just did?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced the US strike against a Syrian government airbase as "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law."

The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that it plans to bolster and increase the effectiveness of the air defense system in Syria following the attack.

"In order to protect the most sensitive objects of the Syrian infrastructure, a system of measures to bolster and increase the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces' air defense systems will be implemented," ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement carried on state media.

The risk of a direct collision between the US and Russia in Syria had "significantly increased" since the US missile strike, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday that Russia would suspend the 2015 agreement aimed at minimizing risks of in-flight incidents.

"US actions further destroy Russia-US relations," she added. "If earlier it was explained using the need to fight against terrorism, now it's an obvious act of aggression against the sovereign state of Syria."
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