Russian Federation says the western strikes on Syria are 'unacceptable and lawless'

UPDATE 1-Russia calls for UN meeting on Syria, mulls supplies of S-300 systems

UPDATE 1-Russia calls for UN meeting on Syria, mulls supplies of S-300 systems

Following the suspected weekend chemical attack, the allies have vowed to intervene, even though no United Nations mandate for such action exists.

Israel held top-level security consultations on Wednesday amid concern it could be targeted by Syria or Iran if the United States strikes Syrian government forces.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said the weekend air strikes accomplished their aim of undermining efforts by the Syrian government to produce and use chemical weapons.

Trump made clear in his eight-minute television address that he is wary of a deeper entanglement in Syria, where about 2,000 US troops have been deployed to fight Islamic State.

The world leaders announced that the strikes targeted positions linked to the chemical weapons facilities of the Syrian government.

"Together we have sent a clear message to Assad and his murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack".

But relations have instead soured over mounting evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Russia's alleged poisoning of a former double agent in Britain and Putin's support of Assad's government in Syria. This scenario, he said, "cannot be tolerated. especially in light of the deployment in Syria of the Russian contingent".

Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the US -led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions. Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defense ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

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"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's U.N. ambassador said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war". "We hope there will be no point of no return".

USA allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged. It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials having taken place of the victims.

Trump cancelled a planned trip to Latin America on 13 April to focus instead on talks with Western allies about possible military action to punish Assad.

"No final decision has been made", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, adding that Trump would confer with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries". "If Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria, and we would not be here today".

United Kingdom government sources have confirmed a Pentagon analysis that showed a 20-fold increase in Russian-sourced "disinformation" being spread online since the cruise missile attacks on Syria in the early hours of Saturday, which has raised concerns that a campaign of cyber attacks by the Russia could follow, according to The Telegraph. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

White House officials did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for more detail about Trump's remarks.

He is troubled by the similarly gruesome pictures of suffocating children, but his tougher stance this time is driven in part by his hardened view of Putin and his belief that Assad did not learn a lesson from the first strike, officials said.

Global stock markets have had a whipsaw week, largely fuelled by Trump's tendency to change his mind over top policy issues. That clinched a huge victory for Assad, crushing a long rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital Damascus.

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