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Strikes on Syria did not hit areas near Russian bases: Moscow

Strikes on Syria did not hit areas near Russian bases: Moscow

Russian Federation is likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss US, British and French air strikes on Syria, one of its lawmakers says.

"The situation is being analyzed right now".

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work.

Russian Federation has questioned the rationale for USA air strikes on Syria, which have lit up the Damascus sky.

Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said Moscow had "irrefutable" evidence that an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged with the help of a foreign secret service.




The Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there. "The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

"This is grotesque", Pierce said of the Russian statement as she left an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by Russia on United States threatened military action in response to the alleged attack.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions. that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, on Friday accused Russian Federation of lies and covering up for Assad, which she said had used chemical weapons at least 50 times in the past seven years of warfare.

Ambassador Antonov said: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".