Research director at the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI), Malcome Chalmers, said the strikes were part of a “pattern we’ve seen again and again.” The US had given Russian forces in the area a warning of up to one hour, that a strike was imminent. 

According to the Russian military, the 59 American Tomahawk missiles destroyed a warehouse of material and technical property, a training building, a canteen, six MIG-23 aircraft in repair hangars, and a radar station.

In a joint statement released after a phone call Friday, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel asserted that “President Assad alone bears responsibility for this development”.

“We fully support what the Americans have done”, UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, told the BBC. He also condemned Iran and Russian Federation for their part in Syria, since Russian Federation was “supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons in Syria”.

Donald Tusk, European Council President, also backed the United States action, tweeting: “US strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks”.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office says the action was “an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is meant to deter further attacks. It has propped up and shielded Syria’s brutal dictator for years.” Advisers said she was outraged by images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack.”We find this [operation] positive as a step against the al-Assad regime’s war crimes committed with chemical and conventional weapons.”

According to Floyd Cook, in an article for, who writes that, “The Kremlin accused Trump of reneging on pledges to focus on fighting Islamic State jihadists and insisted the move would ‘inflict considerable damage on US-Russia relations, which are already in a lamentable state. ‘We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary.’ The Russian Federation has vetoed repeatedly UN Security Council resolutions on Syria.”

A photograph was release of officials who were gathered at Mar-a-Lago when President Donald Trump’s national security team briefed him on the USA air strike in Syria. The Russian Federation was warned of the attack before it took place.

The strikes, which hit an air strip, Syrian planes and fuel dumps, were said to have killed up to 10 people.  

Peskov’s explanation to a press conference, for why Russian Federation has chose to drop the pact was, “Amid the missile strikes, it is hardly reasonable to talk about any more increase in the risk, as the risk has increased considerably.”

Moscow announced, according to the New York Times, that it is “planning to send a frigate into the Mediterranean Sea to visit the logistics base at the Syrian port of Tartus”.