Thomas Grove and James Marson
Russia on Friday suspended a U.S.-Russian agreement on coordinating
air operations over Syria in response to a U.S. strike on a Syrian
“The Russian President considers the American strikes
on Syria aggression against a sovereign government in violation of the
norms of international rights and under a contrived pretext,” the
Russia’s foreign ministry called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council and said Moscow was suspending a 2015 agreement meant to prevent accidents above Syria which could threaten inadvertent close calls between Russian planes that support Syrian President
and U.S. aircraft.
The U.S. military launched nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian air base on Friday, responding to mounting calls for a display of force after this week’s suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria.
state television showed the first images from the Shayrat Airbase near
Homs, where it said nine hangars were hit and nine aircraft were
destroyed, while other areas of the base were left untouched.