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A staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said he regarded the US action as "aggression against a sovereign nation" on a "made-up pretext".

And he savaged the "cynical attempt" to distract the world from civilian deaths in Iraq, according to spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Just hours after the strikes, he announced the attacks had seriously damaged ties between Washington and Moscow – which a spokesman claims was already "in tatters".

Adding the missile strike broke international law, Russia's foreign ministry also said it was "obvious" that the US strikes had been prepared before the chemical attack.

Two US warships fired 59 cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean Sea at the Syrian airbase today following a poison gas attack in a rebel-held area on Tuesday.

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