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'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russian Federation

'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russian Federation

Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future".

None of the air strikes hit zones where Russian air defence systems protect the Russian bases of Tartus and Hmeimim, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying.

"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the USA and its allies", Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin Web site.

Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the "Russian accusations seeking to shift blame away from the Assad regime for the April 7 chemical attack have no basis in fact and are typical of Russian disinformation efforts".

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians.

The strikes have come after a week-long global push to punish the Assad regime after images and videos emerged on April 7 suggesting civilians - including children - had suffered a chemical attack in Douma.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the strikes were a "one-time shot" and that no additional airstrikes were now planned. Later, a White House briefing on a call between Trump and May said that they "continued their discussion of the need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons".

"There were no attempts to broaden or expand that target set".

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain, and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.




Russia's military head has warned that Moscow will target U.S. sites if the latter puts the former's personnel at risk.

"Russia had a choice - either to risk and respond militarily, which is very unsafe because you can lose, or what is happening now". We will not attack American targets, although Russian Federation could do that.

But he said a long-standing "deconfliction" line was used to tell Moscow the areas where the Americans, French and British would be conducting operations.

Moscow hardly needed a heads up that military action was coming.

Trump then singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin and said, "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".

He vacillated the next day after being criticized for telegraphing war plans and insisted that no final decision had been made.

The Turkish leader also said he sent video recordings concerning the "painful and disastrous scenes" in eastern Ghouta and Douma to Putin through an envoy of the Russian leader.

Russian Federation has been deeply enmeshed in Syria's civil war since 2015 and Washington and Moscow have already indirectly clashed in the country.


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