As a result of Friday’s US-led attack on Syria, tensions between the United States and Russia are escalating rapidly.

President Donald Trump sent a strong, powerful message when he launched missile strikes on Syria. It was a message of pure aggression. Trump authorized the airstrikes in retaliation for the Syrian government using sarin gas on its citizens. Ignoring his national security team’s desperate plea warning him not to use such extreme measures, Trump proceeded with the airstrike.

The airstrikes were orchestrated by the United States, UK, and France.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that the attack was a necessary form of action that met all of the president’s objectives. She further stated that the attack sent a strong message to Syria, Russia, and Iran that when the president “has a red line, he will enforce it.”

On Saturday, Trump celebrated his attack upon Damascus in a tweet which read, “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”

The president may believe the attack he ordered to be a victory, however, the world is now looking in fear toward Russia and the Assad regime.

Russia’s vow of retaliation

Before the president orchestrated the attack on Damascus, Russia warned the United States that there will be consequences. Russia’s ambassador responded angrily to the U.S.-led attack on Syria, promising the United States retaliation.

Russia is backing the Syrian leader, Bashar Assad, in denying that the Syrian government organized a chemical attack on its civilians.

The United States is near certain that the Syrian government did. Russia blames the UK for launching the highly toxic gas onto the Syrian people, to ignite controversy and war. British government denies all claims of plotting or having knowledge of the chemical attack.

Russia’s ambassador Anatoly Antonov declared, in a tweet, that Russia’s multiple warnings to the U.S.

went unheard. Russia was again being “threatened.” Russia viewed the president’s airstrike as an attack on Russia itself. The deputy head of the State Duma’s defense committee, compared Trump to Hitler, stating that Donald Trump is “Adolf Hitler No. 2.”

World War III fears rise, as tensions escalate

Russia has vowed to make the United States pay for the airstrike attacks against Damascus. Russia declared that they are plotting their next move. Russia has the backing of Syria and Iran, but a newly formed alliance, made earlier this month between Russia and China, has raised many concerns. The United States made their move, and now the world waits in silence to see Russia’s.