Strikes Hit Syria as Country Had 'chance for Peaceful Future': Moscow


He noted that Russian Federation has in the past refrained from providing Syria with its state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missile systems at the insistence of the West, but could reconsider this decision now.

The Russian Envoy to OPCW said that chemical weapons provocation in Syria was carried out by non-governmental organizations that the United Kingdom and the U.S. paid for cooperation.

Today he tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

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

Col Gen Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff said Saturday's strike has not caused any casualties, and Syrian military facilities targeted by the US, UK and France have suffered only minor damage.

At the United Nations meeting, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari warned that Syria would respond if the U.S. moved against his country. A Western official told CNN that it is not conclusive, but officials suspect the substance used in the attack was a mixture of chlorine, sarin and possibly other chemicals.

President Donald Trump warned Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week that missiles would be coming to Syria.

Russian Federation and Syria have stalled access to Douma by global experts seeking to probe an alleged poison gas attack there, citing security concerns.

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said in a statement to the official STA news agency that "due to the Syria crisis", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian cancelled his planned visit to Slovenia on Friday and Saturday.

He said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

"Saturday's fake (story) from Douma aims partly at diverting the attention of the public from the vaudeville around the Skripal case", Nebenzya said, according to Newsweek. And they went in ostensibly to try to take out ISIS.

"After midnight, 85 buses left eastern Ghouta carrying 4,000 people, both fighters and civilians", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring organisation said.

Inspectors from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to Syria last week to inspect the site, but have yet to gain access to Douma, which is now under government control after the rebels withdrew.

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"The UK Government will continue to work with the U.S., other worldwide allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions".

Syrian opposition activists and medics say a suspected gas attack last week killed more than 40 people in Douma.

The US says it did not coordinate with Russian Federation or notify the country of strikes Friday night on Syria, where Russian Federation has military bases and soldiers.

President Trump ordered precision missile strikes Friday evening on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.

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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. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

"We hope there will be no point of no return".

According to Shulgin, Russia has irrefutable evidence that there was no chemical weapons incident in the Syrian city of Douma.

Russian Federation has dismissed the purported chemical attack as fake and strongly warned the USA and its allies against launching a military strike in Syria.

Russian Federation is expected to call an emergency session of UN Security Council to discuss the strikes on Syria at 11A.M. EST.

"It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site", USA ambassador Ken Ward told the emergency in The Hague.

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. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.