Russian Federation condemns attack on Syria

Russian Federation condemns attack on Syria

Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Friday that Britain was "directly involved in the provocation", but didn't elaborate or provide evidence.

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Karen Pierce said she wanted "to state categorically. that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon". The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the UN meeting in NY that the U.S. and its allies struck without waiting for an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, branding the attack "hooliganism".

"We continue to observe risky military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council.

But U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Friday that Washington estimated Assad's forces had used chemical weapons at least 50 times during the seven-year-long Syrian conflict.

"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies", it said. Moscow alleged quickly after Saturday's suspected attack that the images of the victims in Douma are fake. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

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He 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.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a United States strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted.

Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack. Both the Syrian and Russian governments have said they would support the study.

Lavrov said Russian Federation expects the OPCW team to quickly visit the site.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

The capture of Douma has clinched a major victory for Assad, crushing what was once a centre of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his unassailable position in the war.

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