Russian Federation says Syria chemical attack 'staged'

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Syria serves as an important access point to the Mediterranean Sea for Russian ships and a hub for Russia in the Middle East.

Russian Federation has questioned the rationale for United States air strikes on Syria, which have lit up the Damascus sky. "We thank them both", Trump added.

Eight countries voted against the Russian-drafted text on Saturday, while Peru, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea abstained.

The US and its allies believe the Syrian regime was behind the attack, but Russian Federation has long insisted that it was staged by rebels in an attempt to provoke further Western intervention. The United States, France and Britain fired 105 missiles overnight in retaliation, targeting Syria's chemical weapons program.

There was no word from Putin himself, though Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere which he described as alarming.

An Israeli official told CNN that the strikes enforced the red line drawn by President Trump previous year.

Mission accomplished, declared US President Donald Trump as he praised the "perfectly executed" airstrikes against the Syrian regime.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line, " Haley said.

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 immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

'We would have preferred an alternative path.

The Elysee palace said in a statement that Macron had also expressed regret about Russia's use of its Security Council veto on the attack.

Russia, a key Syrian ally, dismissed the allegations against Syria and said its own experts found no "trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians".

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today, " he said.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

White Helmets first-responder volunteer and activists claimed an alleged chemical attack on April 7 by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, the allegations that drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, were en route to the alleged chemical weapons attack site in Douma before the joint military strike was launched.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. "Syria continues to engage in and provide a base for murderous actions, including those of Iran, that put its territory, its forces and its leadership at risk", the official said.

"Again, we are being threatened", Antonov continued.