>> One step away from clashing with the Russian military. That's Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's worrying take on US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase. American officials informed Russia ahead of the attack, possibly avoiding Russian casualties. But Washington's actions still infuriating the Kremlin, staunchly backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Reuters Andrew Osbourne, in Moscow, says the coming week may tell whether the US-Russia relationship can recover.>> Rex Tillerson is due in Moscow next week, his first visit here as US Secretary of State. The truth is that Moscow still really wants a reset, a rapprochement with Washington.>> A spokesman for Vladimir Putin saying the strikes had seriously hurt US-Russia relations, though that sentiment may subside.
>> Ultimately, Putin, of course, is famous for his realpolitik, that is to say his pragmatism, his foreign policy pragmatism, and he's likely to want to wait and allow this thing to run out, if you like. Allow all chances that there are to run out. So I don't think that it would be right to call time on the idea of a US-Russia rapprochement just yet.
>> But Russia isn't the only Assad ally angered. Tehran calling the missile strike dangerous and destructive.>> Well, we fully support this strike.>> Washington's allies, though, flocking to its defense. Prominent among them, the UK. Assad's fortunes have brightened since Moscow brought the might of its air force to bear on its behalf against rebel groups more than a year ago.
That leading to a string of victories, including the recapture of the second largest city of Aleppo in December.