Allies strike Syria in response to chemical weapon attacks; Russian Federation promises 'consequences'

Russia warns US against military action over alleged chemical attack in Syria

Russia warns US against military action over alleged chemical attack in Syria

And it shows that Washington appears to have succeeded for now in delivering a blow that did not provoke Russian Federation into a military response - even though the degree to which the missile attack hindered Assad's chemical-weapons capability is far from clear.

It seems that any United States strike on Syria-which still appears highly likely-will occur in conjunction with France and Britain.

The WHO said 43 people had died in Saturday's attack on Douma from "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals", and more than 500 had been treated.

Konashenkov said Friday that Britain was "directly involved in the provocation", but didn't elaborate or provide evidence. He added that the Russian military has proof of British involvement, but didn't immediately present it.

Trump, who unleashed a one-off USA cruise missile salvo a year ago in response to a chemical attack blamed on Assad's forces, reacted with fury and threatened a renewed intervention.

US President Trump has warned Russian Federation to prepare for new, smart and nice missiles that were coming to Syria.

Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov retaliated hours after the airstrike on Syria with a statement vowing "such actions will not be left without consequences". He didn't elaborate or name the state.

As fears of a Russia confrontation with Western powers mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump said.

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma because of his support for the Syrian government.

"The most important thing is to refrain from ill-considered and unsafe actions that would constitute a gross violation of the UN Charter and would have unpredictable consequences", Putin's office said in a statement after he and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was in contact with Washington but the atmosphere was alarming.

"We can not exclude any possibilities, unfortunately", Mr Nebenzia told reporters after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.

"This is grotesque, it is a blatant lie, it is the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian propaganda machine", Pierce told reporters.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the Security Council meeting without referring to either Russian Federation or the United States, but stressed his deep concern that the growing tensions could spiral into broad conflict.

"We warned about this long ago", he said.

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Twelve of the 15 council members backed the measure, including France, Britain, African countries, Kazakhstan and Kuwait. The threats of USA military action against Syria "should make us seriously anxious , all of us", Nebenzia said.

Also, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Wednesday that his country would respond to any US missiles fired at Syria by shooting them down and targeting their launch sites.

The British Royal Air Force's unit for the assault consisted of four Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft armed with the Storm Shadow long-range air-to-surface missile, which the UK's Defense Ministry said targeted "chemical weapons sites" in Homs. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

Two US government sources told Reuters the United States still did not have 100% solid evidence of what nerve agent was used in Syria and where it came from.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

Meanwhile, Bouthaina Shabaan, the political and media adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, said Wednesday that her country is not fearing the US threats of striking Syria.

"Mission Accomplished!" he tweeted Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Russian military said the Syrian government is now in full control of Duoma, once held by rebels opposing Assad.

But her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia, accused the USA of using the alleged attack as a pretense to oust Assad and to check Russia's power, which he told the United Nations security council would be a "breach of global law". The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity. He keeps alive the idea that the United States can and should cooperate with Russian Federation without conditions and thereby permits the portion of Americans who constitute his base to ignore the threat Russian Federation poses.

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