Russia, Iran warn of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

Russia, Iran warn of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

Russia, Iran warn of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron said France had joined the U.S. and United Kingdom because "we can not tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security".

Experts and lawmakers warned before the strikes that although the chance is small, bombing Syria could increase the odds of a war between Russian Federation and the US. The governments of both Iran and Russian Federation released statements condemning the airstrikes and promising responses.

President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime in response to a chemical weapons attack last weekend.

"Kremlin's support of Damascus's crimes can not be left without attention, as the Kremlin's regime with its actions, including in the UN Security Council, consistently makes it impossible to solve the conflict in Syria in accordance with the UN Charter", the statement says.

Syrian air defences responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain.

The foreign ministry early Saturday said the strikes aimed to block a probe by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a global watchdog.

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Former British general and military expert Jonathan Shaw was abruptly cut off by a Sky News host after he cast doubt on the veracity of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air". Popular reaction in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, appeared to be mostly negative, while reports from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, say public opinion is divided. That suggests that despite Russia's warnings of dire consequences, it appears Russian commanders are being extremely careful not to respond in a way that could escalate tensions with the U.S. into a shooting war.

He noted that chemical weapons not only inflict gruesome suffering but also even small amounts of them can unleash widespread devastation. "However, we used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year".

"Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States".

"The American, French and British aggression against Syria will fail", it said.

President Donald Trump speaks about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

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Many world leaders said the airstrikes were "necessary and appropriate." . "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states ... and murderous dictators".

On Monday, Russia warned that any military intervention from the USA against Russian allies in Syria would result in the "most serious consequences" and called news of last weekend's chemical attacks "fabricated".

Whether they have gone far enough remains to be seen.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilised nations as a force for stability and peace".

Stoltenberg says, "I am not saying that the attacks last night solved all problems but compared to the alternative to do nothing this was the right thing to do".

He added that France will now return to taking political initiatives to end the crisis in Syria.

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"In the past year and a half Russian Federation has fully restored Syria's air defence system and continues to further upgrade it", Rudskoi said.

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