US Will Announce New Sanctions on Russia After Syria Attack

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In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia supported the strikes, which sent "an unequivocal message to the Assad regime and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated".

Haley, who said she would be heading to Washington for meetings later Friday, added that the National Security Council has been cautious and methodical about a decision to retaliate over the attack on the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria, which left at least 49 dead.

The U.S. airstrike on Syria Friday night is creating a tense tug-of-war in the already strained relations with Russian Federation, which has sent its warships into the Mediterranean to keep a close eye on their American naval adversaries. A Downing Street spokesperson added: "They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

"The Assad regime must not be allowed to commit such crimes with impunity".

Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.

"We will continue sharing technical and strategic information with our partners, particularly with the United Kingdom and the United States.

Our warnings have been left unheard".

A team of inspectors from the OPCW arrived in Syria on Thursday and yesterday and had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack today.

Lavrov noted that Russian and USA militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

The statements were significant because the head of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, had previously said the Russian military would respond to US airstrikes that put Russian lives at risk by shooting down the missiles and potentially the ships or planes that fired them. The UK RAF contributed four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s that launched Storm Shadow missiles.

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Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise [sic] the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise [sic] any risks of contamination to the surrounding area.

The S-300 is a Russian long range surface-to-air missile system, developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles. It would seem that French, UK, and US aircraft launched their ordinance from outside the range of Syrian air defenses, so any intercepts would have involved missiles, rather than USA allied aircraft.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon on Tuesday told Lebanon's Al Manar TV that any USA missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, Reuters reported.

Damascus skies erupt with service to air missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Neither Mattis, nor Dunford, were willing to discuss Syrian or Russian resistance to the strikes.

The move Friday came as the U.S., France and Britain are in extensive consultations about launching a military strike on Syria in retaliation for suspected chemical weapons attacks. They began planting the seeds of this conspiracy in the media weeks ago, suggesting that it's possible that they were aware of Assad's plans to use chemical weapons.

Lavrov did not offer any evidence, however, to back up his claim. "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented". We are being threatened. In fact, he accused the USA of having the most.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

Antonov added: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", and said that the United States "has no moral right to blame other countries" since it possesses a large arsenal of chemical weapons of its own.

It first emerged after the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, which took place in UK's Salisbury region.

On Friday, Russian lawmakers drafted a bill under which the country may ban exports of titanium components to USA aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

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