Russia Holds the US, UK and France Responsible for Attack on Syria

US readies response to Syria attacks after UN clash with Russia

US readies response to Syria attacks after UN clash with Russia

Late Friday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the Assad regime's chemical weapons capabilities after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens outside of Damascus.

The Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Francois Delattre said that the Assad regime is using chemical weapons to attack its opponents in a pre-determined way.

A spokesman for Russia's defence ministry, Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said: "We have evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organising this provocation".

Putin also called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

The Kremlin took no military action in 2017 when the USA conducted similar airstrikes on a Syrian airbase... but Russian observers say that could easily change.

She added: "It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine".

Although he didn't provide the evidence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin has "irrefutable data" that the attack in Douma, that killed at least 75 people, was staged. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate. 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.

The Russian military said it had observed movements of U.S. Navy forces in the Gulf. But the damage was limited, and a defiant Assad returned to episodic use of chlorine and perhaps other chemicals.

Antonov added: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", and said that the U.S. "has no moral right to blame other countries" since it possesses a large arsenal of chemical weapons of its own.

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US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the strikes were a "one-time shot" and that no additional airstrikes were now planned.

But a wider attack will face multiple immediate and longer-term risks, including the possibility of a risky escalation with Russia, Assad's main military backer, in a country that Moscow has used as a testing ground for some of its most sophisticated weaponry.

The Russian military likely was not in the vicinity of the attacked locations however, as Dunford acknowledged that the United States provided flight plan data regarding the offensive to Russian forces via the Syrian deconfliction line. "We can not take such risks", said Dvorkovich, speaking at a forum.

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to arrive in Douma on Saturday.

Sergey Lavrov says Russian experts have inspected the site of the alleged attack in Douma, just east of Damascus, and found no trace of chemical weapons.

The United States is violating all worldwide norms, and Russian Federation views the latest military strikes against Syria as an act of aggression, Alexander Sherin, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, said on Saturday.

British ministers planned to gather on Thursday to discuss whether to join the United States and France in a possible military attack on Syria that threatens to bring Western and Russian forces into direct confrontation.

Two days ago, US President Donald Trump warned that missiles "will be coming" in response to the suspected chemical attack.

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