The Russian ambassador to the United States on Saturday issued a warning to the United States, the United Kingdom and France after they struck targets in Syria. Anatoly Antonov issued a statement via the Russian embassy in Washington DC in the wake of the allied attacks targeting the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities. "The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard", Antonov said, adding that "we warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".
The ambassador said his country blamed the US, UK and France for the escalation in hostilities. "All responsibility for (the strikes) rests with Washington, London and Paris. The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", the statement concluded.
Earlier, US defense chiefs had held a press conference to confirm the operation and provide details of the targets which had been destroyed. "Tonight, France the United Kingdom and the United States took decisive action to strike the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure", US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said at a press conference at the Pentagon.
The US defense chief added that the attack was "one-time shot" and said he believed it had sent "a very strong message to dissuade, to deter Assad from using (chemical weapons) again".
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joe Dunford, who joined Mattis for the press conference, said that three targets had been destroyed during the operation, which combined the naval and air forces of the US, UK and France.
"The targets that were struck destroyed were specifically associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program. We also selected targets that would minimize the risk to innocent civilians", Dunford said.