Moscow on Saturday strongly criticized the joint the US, United Kingdom and France airstrikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons in Syria.
The United States, together with Britain and France, on Saturday launched a missile strike on Syria, saying it was in response to the alleged chemical weapon attack by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held district of Douma near capital Damascus on April 7. It was not immediately clear if Russian-supplied interceptors were activated.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian ambassador to the U.S. Anatonly Anotov said in a statement on Facebook. President Donald Trump also ordered strikes about the same time a year ago, also in response to reported chemical weapon usage. "Again, we are being threatened".
The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign that a US-led attack was imminent. "We warned that such actions would not be left without consequences". Worldwide chemical weapons experts were travelling to Syria to investigate the gas attack by government forces.
Assad, who is supported by Iranian-back fighters as well as the Russian air force, has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country.
Just minutes into the bombardment, the strike appeared to be much more severe than the response to a similar chemical attack by Syria in April 2017.
The US and its allies attacked Syria shortly before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission was expected to begin its work in the town of Douma. Around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, and a third of them were shot down, the official said.