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'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russian Federation

15 April 2018

But relations have instead soured over mounting evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Russia's alleged poisoning of a former double agent in Britain and Putin's support of Assad's government in Syria. It cited the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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

Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, hours before the Western missile strikes.

He added in a statement, "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

What is less clear is whether sarin - the agent used in the chemical attack last April that prompted U.S. missile strikes - or a similar agent was also used.

The UN Security Council is to meet again on Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as United States President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

"It would provoke a retaliation operation by government forces and the White Helmets were to use it to stage a provocation with an alleged use of chemical weapons", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the toxic gas assault on April 7 that killed dozens of people in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month.

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According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

John Hannah, senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who has worked with Bolton in the past, said Bolton was opposed to "empty symbolic gestures that make us feel good but have no strategic effects".

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets a year ago, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and made a decision to minimize Russian and other casualties. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year. Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security.

Meanwhile, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said its experts in Syria will start investigations on Saturday.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria along the lines of the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Lavrov told a news conference, referring to past Western military interventions elsewhere in the region.

"No CW traces, no victims to be found anywhere, but plenty of empty words and accusations", said Zakharova. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

The Syrian military says it's now in control of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.

'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russian Federation