After the US-led strike against Syria, Russia responded, issuing an ominous warning that there would be “consequences.” President Donald Trump and other allied nations targeted locations associated with the Syrian chemical weapons program in response to an attack, which many believe was ordered by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, against Syrian civilians that left dozens dead.
Russia has publicly backed Assad, joining the Syrian ruler in claiming that the chemical weapon attack never took place.
The conflict in Syria has increased tension in the region as well as between various Western countries and Russia.
The Russian ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, to the US released a statement on Twitter after the strike.
“The worst apprehensions have come true,” said the statement. “Our warnings have been left unheard.”
“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences,” Antonov continued.
“All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris. Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.”
“The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries,” Antonov added.
Assad also responded on Twitter, stating, according to USA Today, “Good souls will not be humiliated.
As reported by CNBC, Trump has previously singled out Russia and it’s president, Vladimir Putin, for supporting both Assad and Iran.
Russia has backed Syrian forces as the country struggles with resistance fighters and ISIS-affiliated militants.
Trump ordered the strike, a cooperative effort between the US, Britain, and France, late on Friday in response to a recent chemical attack. He ordered a similar strike nearly a year ago, responding to a separate chemical attack.
Russia has previously threatened that it would retaliate for any action against Syria, including by shooting down missiles and “even the sources that launched the missiles,” according to Alexander Zaspkin, the Russian Ambassador to Beirut.