Russia to ‘react immediately’ if military facilities hit in Syria

A hypothetical attack on Russian military facilities in Syria would elicit an immediate response, lower house defence committee deputy chair Yury Shvytkin told Sputnik on Tuesday.

“Should there be a threat to our units there, an attempt at an attack from anyone, of course there will be no words, there will be real actions,” Shvytkin said.

He said measures taken after the US missile strike on a Syrian airfield last week “were in my opinion sufficient, at least in light of what we can do within the framework of international legal relations for the Syrian army to react itself.

Russia has already suspended its memorandum of understanding on air safety over Syria with the United States as tensions intensified following the deadly US missile attack on Syria’s Sha’irat airfield.