West hesitates on Syria response as Russian Federation warns of 'war'

16 April, 2018, 04:23 | Author: Brooke Harris
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"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", he said.

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday called by Russian Federation that the highly volatile situation risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications".

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible". The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

"The United States estimates that (President Bashar) Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times", said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Mr Nebenzia also called for the UN Security Council to meet again on Friday to discuss the possibility of Western military action.

Similarly, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had "proof" that the Syrian government had attacked Douma with chemical weapons, without giving further details.

The US and France said they had proof it took place and, alongside the United Kingdom, were considering military retaliation.

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work.

Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.

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Rudskoi said the USA actions in Syria were aimed at destabilising the situation in the region.

He called the alleged chemical attack in Douma a scripted play.

Erdogan also told reporters on Friday that tensions between the two countries over a suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma now seem to have eased.

Syria and Russian Federation have denied that the attacks happened and said they were staged by the White Helmets so that the Syrian government could be blamed. Mattis said no additional attacks were planned, though Trump earlier suggested the strikes could last longer.

"Why would the winning side use (chemical) weapons", he said in a video address at a Hezbollah campaign event for Lebanon's parliamentary elections in May.

Commentators on state TV argued that Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May launched the attack to distract attention from their political problems at home. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

"Assad's recent attack - and today's response - are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep that promise", Trump said.

The Qatari news site Al Arabiya reported a huge blast heard near Damacus Friday night, citing several media outlets.

There is a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria, Nebenzia said after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.

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