Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
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Russia UN envoy says US wants to oust Syrian govt, contain Russia

Russia UN envoy says US wants to oust Syrian govt, contain Russia

"An act of aggression against a sovereign state that is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism has been committed", Putin said in a statement. "Could not have had a better result".

But the USA and its allies have expressed confidence that chlorine gas and a nerve agent were used in the April 7 attack, and that Assad's forces were behind it.

For its part, the Russian military said it had observed movements of US Navy forces in the Gulf.

"Russia is calling an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions of the U.S. and its allies", the Kremlin said in an earlier statement. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the US-led missile attack on Syria and has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

He noted that the Russian and US militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions. -Russian collisions or confrontations in Syrian airspace. It also appeared created to sidestep Russian forces in Syria.

Iran's pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani also warned that the US-led missile attack on Syria would lead to further destruction in the Middle East.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

Nebenzia also called for the UN Security Council to meet again on Friday to discuss the possibility of Western military action.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", tweeted President Trump. Ischinger said the US and Russian Federation are "behaving irresponsibly".

"Good souls will not be humiliated", the Syrian regime tweeted after the air strikes began.

"To make matters worse, it is Russian Federation alone that had agreed to be the guarantor of the removal of all chemical weapons from Syria", Haley said. Russian Federation has also used its United Nations veto six times to prevent condemnation of Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Russian Federation warned the West Friday against any "dangerous" moves on Syria as its rivals hesitated over possible strikes on the country which Moscow has warned could lead to "war".

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.

"It will be in defense of a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations", Haley said.

Both powers vetoed each other's draft resolutions, with the Russians accusing the US of prejudging the outcome of the investigation of the chemical weapons use in Douma district east of Damascus while the Americans said the Russians were trying to carry out the investigation their way. That did not mean military strikes would continue.

Inspectors from the worldwide Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were expected to make their initial foray Saturday to Douma. She would not seek approval from Parliament, the BBC said, despite calls from the opposition Labour Party for parliament to be given a say. He said the missiles hit the "sweet spot", doing the expected level of damage while minimizing the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.

McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a "core" facility for Syria's chemical weapons program. "It does not exist anymore".

Mattis said no decision had been made about carrying out missile strikes.

In the UK, Cabinet ministers said that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the attack. Rebels and jihadist insurgents are largely contained to two areas along Syria's northern and southern borders.

Russian Federation wants experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to go to Syria as "quickly as possible", with the Kremlin providing help, she added.

"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies", it added. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

The Russian ministry of defence has previously said it will fire at any U.S. craft that strikes government areas of Damascus, where Russian officials are also based.

Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce meanwhile rejected a charge by a Russian defence ministry spokesman that Britain was involved in staging a fake chemical weapons attack in Douma. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for worldwide inspectors to complete their visit to the area.

Jamil Jaffer, founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University'sScalia Law School, said that Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Macron were to be "applauded for this strong action". "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".

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