April 7, 2017 / 10:09 AM / 4 months ago

Putin to meet with security council after US missile strikes on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (not pictured) in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia April 5, 2017.Pavel Golovkin/Pool

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting of his security council later on Friday to discuss the U.S missile strikes on Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Russia has suspended its Syria air safety agreement with the United States following the missile strikes.

Peskov said Russia would keep technical and military channels of communication open with Washington, but would not exchange any information through them.

"In light of the missile strikes, risks (of collisions between Russian and U.S. aircraft) are significantly higher," the spokesman told reporters.

The strikes were carried out in interests of Islamic State and other radical groups operating in Syria, Peskov added.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova, editing by Sujata Rao

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