Russian ambassador to US warns of 'consequences' following airstrikes in Syria

Russian ambassador to US warns of 'consequences' following airstrikes in Syria

Russian ambassador to US warns of 'consequences' following airstrikes in Syria

Zakharova suggested that Western media bore some responsibility for the strikes, claiming the White House cited "multiple media sources" on the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma. Striking a conciliatory note, it said: "The President of the Republic called for dialogue with Russian Federation to be maintained and stepped up to bring peace and stability back to Syria".

Konashenkov said that "powerful pressure from London was exerted on representatives of the so-called White Helmets to quickly stage the premeditated provocation".

Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the "Russian accusations seeking to shift blame away from the Assad regime for the April 7 chemical attack have no basis in fact and are typical of Russian disinformation efforts".

16 de abril de 2018, 15:16Moscow, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Russia accused the United Kingdom of being directly responsible for a set-up in the Syrian city of Duma to present it as a chemical attack by the government " s army.

As fears of a Russia-West military confrontation mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

NATO's East Stratcom Task Force reported, "Immediately after the reports of a suspected chemical attack in Syrian Douma appeared, Russian Federation reignited its disinformation campaign on the use of chemical weapons in Syria". He says Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

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The United Nations says more than 133,000 people were estimated to have fled in four weeks from the Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta.

On Wednesday he said the missiles were "coming", but on Thursday he tweeted that he had "never said when".

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Russian Federation, a Syrian ally, opposes such action.

"Over the past few days, most of the Jaish al Islam fighters have left Douma in four successive waves", the Britain-based monitor's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said.

"We can see that the military technology landscape has changed in favor of Russian Federation over the past decade and half".

"The evacuation operation should wrap up before the OPCW experts enter Douma", Abdel Rahman said.

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Reports close to the regime indicated that its defences shot down six missiles targeting the base. A Pentagon spokesman said there was no U.S. military activity in that area at this time.

Russian Federation on Friday accused the West of having the sole aim in Syria of overthrowing the government as it urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

In April previous year Trump ordered Tomahawk strikes on the Shayrat Airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun. However, Trump "seemed to believe that other individual countries would largely equal the United States, was furious that his administration was being portrayed in the media as taking by far the toughest stance on Russian Federation", while he had said that Washington would not take the lead and would only match the number of expulsions.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

U.S. allies have offered strong words of support for Washington, but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

NBC News reported Thursday the United States has urine and blood samples that tested positive for chemical weapons, including chlorine gas and another nerve agent. "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.

According to the administration source, on March 24, Trump's aides explained to him that the United States "would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil", The Washington Post wrote.

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Doctors at the hospital where suspected victims were treated told reporters on the tour that none of the patients that night had suffered chemical weapons injuries - they were asphyxiated by dust and smoke in a bombardment. "But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

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