The ministry claimed that it was obvious the missile launch had been prepared before Tuesday's alleged chemical attack. Adding to these comments, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he would demand an explanation from the U.S. on the strikes and said they reminded him of the Western attack on Iraq in 2003, which were condemned by the UN as they did not conform to its charter.
"I hope this provocation will not lead to irreparable damage (to U.S.-Russian ties)," Lavrov
told a news conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, according to Reuters.
Other voices from inside the Kremlin on Friday confirmed that no Russians had been injured in the U.S. strike on the Shayrat Airfield. Leonid Slutsky, a Russian politician and the deputy of the State Duma, said that the strike undermined in the the most serious way the opportunity for anti-terrorism cooperation with Russia and ruined efforts to achieve a truce, according to Interfax.
He also said the attack would lead to further escalation in Syria and would negatively affect Russian-U.S. dialogue in general.