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Russia fails to win UN backing to condemn military strikes on Syria

16 April 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed on the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria. USA defense officials did not confirm if any allied missiles had been shot down.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a scientific research center and military bases in Damascus were struck in the attack.

Later, a White House briefing on a call between Trump and May said that they "continued their discussion of the need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons".

While a full assessment has not yet been completed, "we believe that the action was successful", she said.

Trump said the objective of the campaign was to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".

Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has responded angrily to the strikes, while Syrian state media called them a "flagrant violation of worldwide law". Britain says Russian Federation is behind the Salisbury poisoning, a charge Moscow denies.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are expected to arrive in Syria over the weekend to investigate the reported attack, following an invitation from Damascus.

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At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the U.S. and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Syria serves as an important access point to the Mediterranean Sea for Russian ships and a hub for Russia in the Middle East.

"We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime", Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Russian ambassador to the USA railed against the US-led coalition campaign against suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

Only Syrian air defense systems had responded to the strikes, USA officials confirmed.

Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday that United States and its allies fired over 100 cruise missiles at Syria, a significant number of which were intercepted by Syrian air defences. Mattis and other government officials from the national security team warned Trump that such action would create conflict with Iran and Russia [VIDEO].

Nebenzia responded saying the environment is "not very conducive for any rapprochement" and "the political and unsafe military situation we are in now" must be sorted out first.

Russia fails to win UN backing to condemn military strikes on Syria