Russia intends to boost Syria’s air-defense capabilities, a spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday after the U.S. missile strike on Shayrat airbase . “To cover the most sensitive objects in Syria’s infrastructure to strengthen and raise the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ systems of anti-aircraft defense systems,” Igor Konashenkov declared in a statement.
According to the spokesman, Moscow pledged to “protect the most sensitive Syrian infrastructure facilities” by carrying out a “complex of measures.”
Moreover, the Defense Ministry described the strike as mainly ineffective since out of the 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles expended, only 23 actually hit their targets.
Konashenkov streesed that “The combat effectiveness of the US massive missile attack on the Syrian air base is extremely low.” Their damage assessment revealed only 6 Mig-23 fighter aircraft, aside from a few buildings were destroyed, while the runways remained intact, it said.
According to the Pentagon, however, 58 of the 59 Tomahawks hit their targets.
Moscow also accused that the Shayrat strike was “obviously” planned by the U.S. even before the chemical weapons attack on Tuesday.
“The preparation of such a strike is necessary to conduct a large range of activities for exploration, planning, preparation of flight missions and bringing the missiles into full readiness for launch. For any specialist, it is clear that a decision on the missile strike on Syria was taken in Washington long before the events in the village Khan Sheikhoun,” the statement explained.
Further, it stated that missile strike was launched by the U.S. government “solely for domestic political reasons.”