Russia became the third nation to criticize the Obama administration today (September 11, 2014), regarding President Barack Obama's announcement last night that he plans to expand a campaign of bombing against the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to include targets inside Syria, the Daily Mail (British) website reports.
Iranian and Syrian officials slammed the White House for excluding them from an international coalition formed to destroy the radical Islamic terror group.
Later today, the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin -- a key ally of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad -- warned the U.S. that it would be an "act of aggression" and "a gross violation of international Law."
The challenge came from Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich in Moscow. A state-run Syrian newspaper also warned that U.S. airstrikes over Syrian territory could trigger the "first sparks of fire" in the region.