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Led strikes steer clear of Russian military

16 April 2018, 03:43 | Erica Roy

A missile is seen crossing over Damascus Syria

A missile is seen crossing over Damascus Syria

Nebenzya also said there was no confirmed evidence that chemical weapons had been used in the April 7 Douma attack, and that the U.S. and its allies had "demonstrated they have no interest in an investigation", although worldwide chemical weapons inspectors have been sent to Syria to conduct an inquiry.

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

Diplomats spent most of Saturday morning debating the recent strikes, which US, United Kingdom and French leaders all said were in response to President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Syria ally Russian Federation has warned of "consequences" following the launch of US-led strikes against Bashar al-Assad's regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", Antonov said in his statement responding to the US-led military action.

Why is the West considering military action?

During a phone call late on Thursday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed on the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria.

The strikes have come after a week-long worldwide push to punish the Assad regime after images and videos emerged on April 7 suggesting civilians - including children - had suffered a chemical attack in Douma.


"The goal of our action tonight is to establish a strong deterrent" against the use of chemical weapons, Trump said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov upped the diplomatic ante earlier in the day Friday when he called the allegations of a Syrian chemical attack a "fabrication" by British intelligence. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

Later on Saturday, the Syrian presidency posted a video that appeared to show President Bashar al-Assad arriving for work hours after the strike.

On the ground in Syria, rebels in Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons and their leader left the enclave, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest assaults of the seven-year war and a major win for the Assad regime. Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security.

The UK has placed the blame for the Skripal poisoning firmly at Russian feet, saying it's the only country with the means, motive, and technical ability to carry out the attack on UK soil.

There were no immediate plans for more attacks, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said.

On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces.

"The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked".



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