Assad meets Russian lawmakers and calls Western strikes an act of aggression

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áSyrian President Bashar al-Assad told a group of Russian lawmakers on Sunday that Western missile strikes on his country were an act of aggression, Russian news agencies reported.

Lawmakers met Assad after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on Syria in response to a week-long attack suspected of being poison gas.

Russian news agencies quoted lawmakers as saying Assad was “in a good mood” and praised the Soviet-made air defenses that helped repel Western strikes.

The agency added that the issue of supplying Syria with Russian air defense systems was not discussed during the meeting, but Assad accepted an invitation to visit the Khanty-Mansiysk area in Siberia, Russia. The date of the visit was unclear.