Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Russian Federation warns of 'consequences' for US-led strike on Syria

Russian Federation warns of 'consequences' for US-led strike on Syria

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed on the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria.

France's defense minister said early Saturday that Russian Federation was warned ahead of the joint attacks on Syria, though Dunford said earlier in the evening that the only warning Russian Federation was given was "the normal deconfliction of the airspace - the procedures that are in place for all of our operations in Syria".

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that the first allied strike targeted a scientific research center in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons.

M - Damascus' allies have condemned US President Donald Trump for ordering air attacks in Syria "on targets associated with chemical weapons capabilities" in collaboration with the United Kingdom and France, Al Jazeerareported.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said. Britain says Russian Federation is behind the Salisbury poisoning, a charge Moscow denies.

U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with more than 100 missiles early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a U.S. strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes.

The Russian measure would have condemned the "aggression" against Syria and demanded that the three allies refrain from any further strike.

Merkel said all available evidence pointed to the Assad regime being responsible for the Douma attack and criticized Russian Federation for blocking an independent investigation through the UN Security Council.

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad and U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since investigated as many as 10 suspected chemical attacks.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and unsafe actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture". "Syria continues to engage in and provide a base for murderous actions, including those of Iran, that put its territory, its forces and its leadership at risk", the official said.

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