Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

Russian currency and stock markets, preoccupied with the threat of US military action in Syria and the fallout from the new USA sanctions, did not react to the draft legislation.

"We have a very high confidence that Syria was responsible and, once again, Russia's failure to stop them and their continued (lack of action) on this front has been part of the problem", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria on the lines of the Libyan and Iraqi experience", he told a news conference, referring to Western interventions elsewhere in the region. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters. Russian Federation has told the United States and its allies not to carry out any military strike.

A day after the USA government said that it had concrete evidence that the chemical attack launched on the town of Douma earlier this month was carried out by the Syrian regime, the US along with its allies United Kingdom and France have attacked chemical weapons facilities in the country's capital region.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday. "Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmation of the use of chemical weapons..."

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While Trump himself remained silent on Syria on Friday, Macron - who has said France has proof that Assad's government used chemical weapons in the attack in Douma - spoke by phone with Putin. "But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", Haley told the U.N. Security Council.

USA allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged. "Our intelligence tells us otherwise".

"The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure".

The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime". A US guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

The strike is suspected to be a chemical attack, but the Syrian government denied the allegations saying it was fabricated by the rebels who were in a state of decline.

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