Russian ambassador warns of 'consequences' after airstrikes in Syria

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Russia's U.S. Embassy released a statement late Friday evening suggesting, once again, that last week's chemical weapon attack was staged as a part of an worldwide anti-Russian conspiracy.

In the UK, Cabinet ministers said that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the attack and said the use of chemical weapons must not "go unchallenged".

He later told reporters at the White House: "We're having a meeting today on Syria". And France has analyzed, yes, it has happened.

Russia views the military strikes against Syria as an act of aggression and a declaration of war on a sovereign state, Sherin said, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin will analyze the bill, but no decision has been made yet. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep". "History will set things right, and Washington already bears the heavy responsibility for the bloody outrage in Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya".

Russia, which has stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the U.N. Security Council, has vehemently denied a chemical attack took place and accused the West of seeking an excuse for military action. But Mattis and other members of his national security team cautioned Trump during the meeting that such a strategy could pull the U.S. into direct conflict with Russian Federation and Iran.

Syrian air defenses responded to the joint strikes by the US, France and Britain. He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria. "This is not a threat". Doubtless, any western attacks carry a military risk and must tread a very careful line between targeting Syrian military facilities and leaving Russian forces alone.

"There is no credible proof of this", Nebenzia said.

"We are open for those contacts, they help to understand each other better", Lavrov said.

According to a statement of the French presidency, Macron calls for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria. The U.S. -led strike was a response to a purported chemical attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged incident and the special services of one state at the forefront of the Russophobic campaign were at play", Lavrov claimed. "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented". Russia, a key ally of the Assad government, is calling for an immediate UN Security Council meeting, he said.

Putin was quoted as urging for a "thorough and objective probe" into the reports of the chemical weapons attack.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the Security Council meeting without referring to either Russian Federation or the U.S., but stressed his deep concern that the growing tensions could spiral into broad conflict.

The ambassador noted that Russia's role in Syria was not to support al-Assad but to deal a blow to worldwide terrorism.

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. They began planting the seeds of this conspiracy in the media weeks ago, suggesting that it's possible that they were aware of Assad's plans to use chemical weapons.

Haley kept up the pressure on Russian Federation.

She told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russian Federation that should the US and its allies decide to act in Syria it will be to defend "a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations" - the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says experts are travelling to Syria and will start investigations on Saturday. Russian Federation said its experts found no trace of chemical agents.