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Strike on Syria will affect US-Russia ties: Kremlin

Putin, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saw the US?action as "aggression against a sovereign nation" on a "made-up pretext". Photograph: (Reuters)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 07, 2017, 07.15 AM (IST)

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base broke international law and have seriously hurt US-Russia relations, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin on Friday. 

Putin, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saw the US action as "aggression against a sovereign nation" on a "made-up pretext" and  a cynical attempt to distract the world from civilian deaths in Iraq, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, was cited as saying, Reuters reported. 

"Putin views the US strikes on Syria as aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law and on a made-up up pretext," Peskov was cited as saying, Reuters reported. 

"Washington's step will inflict major damage on US-Russia ties."

Russia will now call for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the matter, the RIA news agency cited Viktor Ozerov, the head of the upper house of parliament's defence and security committee as saying.

Russia was informed

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis earlier told reporters that the US military had given Russian forces advanced notice of its strikes on the airbase and did not hit sections of the base where the Russians were believed to be present. Reuters reported,

Davis added that the US military had "multiple" conversations with Russian forces using a line of communication that had previously been established to prevent an accidental clash in Syria during the fight against Islamic State.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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