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

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He noted that OPCW's report didn't contain any mention of BZ, adding that Russian Federation will ask the chemical weapons watchdog for an explanation.

"None of the cruise missiles launched by the United States and its allies entered the zones of Russian air defenses around Tartus and Hmeymin", the ministry said in a statement.

"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of worldwide relations", he added.

Syrian air defense units downed 71 out of 103 missiles launched by the U.S. and its allies, it said. If we do not want our soldiers and officers to die, if we do not want, say, some large-scale wars with the loss of civilians, everything is very simple: "the S-300 system", he added.

Russia's Ministry of Defense said it believed the action by the US, UK and France was not in retaliation to the alleged chemical attack in Douma but instead was a reaction to the "success" of the Syrian army in liberating its territory from rebels.

The suspected attack, denied by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, was carried out last week, reportedly killing over 70 people. Lavrov said Russian experts have already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons, adding without elaboration that Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

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.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said worldwide relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in apparent reference to Mr Trump's tweets.

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"We put facts contrary to your myths, " he said.

The investigators, who are only mandated to determine if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said.

The Elysee palace said in a statement that Macron had also expressed regret about Russia's use of its Security Council veto on the attack.

Turkey, an important player in the Syrian conflict, said it viewed the airstrikes as "an appropriate response" to the Douma attack.

Putin said the US actions in Syria made the humanitarian catastrophe worse and caused pain for civilians.

We do not know what kind of chemical was used in the attack. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that a new round of sanctions will target Russian companies that aid Syria's chemical weapons capabilities. What is less clear is whether sarin - the agent used in the chemical attack last April that prompted USA missile strikes - or a similar agent was also used.

But the Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which records alleged violations of worldwide law in Syria, said bodies were found with oral foaming, cyanosis, and corneal burns.

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