MOSCOW — Syria on Friday condemned the American military strike on an air base as “a disgraceful act,” news agencies reported, as its crucial ally Russia issued a harsh response and warned that the operation would further corrode already dismal relations between Moscow and Washington.
A statement from the office of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said the cruise missile strike, which President Trump said was a response to a chemical weapons attack in Idlib Province on Tuesday that left more than 80 people dead, was the result of “a false propaganda campaign.”
Syria has denied that it possesses chemical weapons and Russia held to its view that Mr. Assad had not bombed his own people. The American attack left six people dead, according to the Syrian Army, and a military spokesman described the missile strikes as an act of “flagrant aggression.”
The statement from Mr. Assad’s office said that the missile strikes revealed “shortsightedness and political and military blindness to reality,” and that they had only increased Syria’s determination to eliminate what it said were terrorists, “wherever they are on Syrian territory.”
Dmitri S. Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, said that the strikes represented a “significant blow” to American-Russian ties, and that Mr. Putin considered the attack a breach of international law that had been made under a false pretext.