Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

Warships and submarines of the Russian naval taskforce were keeping track at a close distance of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation assault ships and submarines in the area, Russian government news site Tass said, citing a military and diplomatic source.

The Russian defence ministry and the Kremlin have yet to make any comment on the strikes announced by US President Donald Trump.

Following the joint attack in Damascus against the Assad regime, Russia's ambassador warned that there will be consequences for the US-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was unacceptable to insult Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma because of his support for the Syrian government.

"They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regimen", a spokesman said, adding that they were still working on an global response.

Chemical weapons attacks are suspected to have taken place in Syria before.

But both Dunford and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stressed that strikes were not meant to pull America deeper into Syria's war.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

But he also appeared anxious to avoid a wider conflict, saying France would "in no way allow an escalation".

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The suspected poison attack by the Syrian government forces that allegedly killed over 40 people, according to volunteer first responders and activists, has drawn global outrage and prompted the US and its allies to consider a military response.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from eastern Ghouta, stockpiles of chemical agents were found there.

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

The United States, France and Britain fired 105 missiles overnight in retaliation, targeting Syria's chemical weapons programme. Both Syria and Russian Federation have denied involvement in the attack, and Russian Federation claimed on Friday that the event was "staged" by the United Kingdom.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia. France said Russian Federation was warned in advance of the strikes to avoid direct confrontation.

U.S. officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

Bolton has called the Syrian civil war a "sideshow" and said he is much more concerned about Iran's role there than about whether Assad remains in power.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov upped the diplomatic ante earlier in the day Friday when he called the allegations of a Syrian chemical attack a "fabrication" by British intelligence.

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