The US gave Russia 5 minutes warning of the Syria airstrike
Russia was given about four to five minutes warning of the Biden administration’s first military action when it struck Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria early Friday, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. But he said the warning came too late to “deconflict” the situation.
U.S. officials believe the attack killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling the administration’s intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran.
Moscow strongly condemns U.S. airstrikes in Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
“We strongly condemn such actions,” the ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. “We call for the unconditional respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”