Russian Federation slams USA military strikes in Syria, warns of consequences

UN Council To Meet On Possible US Air Strikes In Syria At Russia's Request

UN Council To Meet On Possible US Air Strikes In Syria At Russia's Request

The strikes this time have been larger in scale, with more targets.

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

Yuri Shvytkin, a deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, said that the strikes on Syria are an ill-thought and provocative step that can lead to unpredictable consequences.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's U.N. ambassador, said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation.

"And special services of a country, which is now seeking to be in the first ranks of the Russophobic campaign, were involved in this", Lavrov said.

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.

Damascus has invited a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit Eastern Ghouta. "We can not take such risks", said Dvorkovich, speaking at a forum.

US allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

The UN Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria on Sunday, a vote reflecting support for the allied air strikes on Syrian chemical sites.

Russia's foreign ministry said today that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future." the Russian government's response came after U.S., United Kingdom and France launched precision strikes on Syrian chemical research and storage facilities in the capital city of Damascus.

Global stock markets have had a whipsaw week, largely fueled by Trump's tendency to change his mind over key policy issues.

The capture of Douma has clinched a major victory for Assad, crushing what was once a centre of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his unassailable position in the war.

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