Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Russian Federation warns of 'consequences' for US-led strikes in Syria

Russian Federation warns of 'consequences' for US-led strikes in Syria

Russian Federation has warned the U.S. that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries, according to a BBC news report.

Russia, the main ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma and has warned the United States and its allies against conducting any military strike.

In the United Kingdom, cabinet ministers agreed that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the alleged attack and said the use of chemical weapons must not "go unchallenged". So (unintelligible) parts of their actual actions in Syria. "We continue to observe risky military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied Moscow had interfered with any evidence.

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

Syria and Russian Federation deny unleashing poison gas on April 7 during their offensive on Douma, which ended with the recapture of the town that had been the last rebel stronghold near the capital, Damascus.

The world must provide a "robust, united and steadfast response", he said.

Russian Defence Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the military had "proof that testifies to the direct participation of Britain in the organising of this provocation in eastern Ghouta".

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe. "We warned that such actions would not be left without consequences".

Trump's response, if and when it comes, will have taken several days to organize and thus Russian forces may have been able to put some space between themselves and likely targets.

"We can not depend on what someone on the other side of the ocean takes into his head in the morning".

The US ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth Ward, said there were suspicions that Russian Federation, a longtime ally of the Syrian government, may have tampered with the evidence.

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the three Western allies got support from only two other countries on the 15-member Security Council - China and Bolivia.

Some national leaders appeared anxious to avert a U.S.

Mr Martin said: "They are around trying to seize control over connectivity so, in the case of targeting providers of internet services, it is about gaining access to their customers to try to gain control over the devices to allow them not just to spy on the primary organisation but the organisations they connect to".

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he hoped common sense would prevail and that the situation would stabilise. They are due to arrive in Syria Saturday to investigate.

In Geneva, U.N. war crimes investigators condemned on Friday the suspected use of chemical weapons in Douma and called for evidence to be preserved with a view to future prosecutions.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability". It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said.

He met his national security team later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.

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